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Chronic pancreatitis is a potentially damaging condition that can occur in patients due to many different reasons. Some of the most likely causes of chronic pancreatitis include excessive alcoholic consumption, stones, and trauma that could all lead to pancreatic necrosis. The longer your pancreas is inflamed, the more likely that your pancreas will not be able to function properly. The pancreas is an organ that is essential in regulating the level of sugar and fat once you ingest it so it is an organ that you cannot just live without. 

Treatment options for pancreatic inflammation are possible, and generally, patients will be required to change their diets to put less work on the pancreas while also taking artificial enzymes in order replace the enzymes no longer being produced by the diseased pancreas. It is a pretty straightforward treatment option but when you find yourself with co-exisiting conditions or if you are pregnant, this solution may be too simple to apply to you. [1]

Pregnancy will not only change your life due to the new responsibilities you will be required to do, but it can also change you physiologically as new stressors are placed on your organism. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels can rise because of pregnancy and patients who are pregnant are at a greater risk of developing acute pancreatitis secondary to gallbladder stones being formed. These stones can dislodge and travel down your biliary tract and block your pancreas so you will need an intervention as quickly as possible to avoid long-term complications like chronic pancreatitis or peritonitis. Although there is a slightly higher risk to do an operation considering the patient is already underlying a lot of physiological stressors, simple laparoscopic surgery will be possible even in pregnant patients in order to relieve their symptoms. 

In one study looking at the incidence of acute and chronic pancreatitis in pregnant patients, data shows that it is much more likely for pregnant women to suffer from acute pancreatitis.

When researchers observed chronic pancreatitis, they determined that alcohol was the underlying factor 58 percent of the time. [2]

Screening tests during prenatal testing are the best ways to determine if a woman could have chronic pancreatitis. Once the fetus starts to grow in size, management options are much less clear because of the inability to use radiation therapy or surgical resection techniques. Patients will be managed to reduce any pain or discomfort that they may be experiencing while making sure the disease is still stable. The patients will be managed like a typical case of chronic pancreatitis in non-pregnant patients and be given pancreatic enzymes to keep their biochemical panels in check. They will also be closely monitored to make sure that their diet will be low in fats and sugars to make sure their pancreas does not become overworked. The patients will usually be held in this type of treatment protocol until the baby is delivered and then more invasive techniques can be implemented. This can include endoscopic surgery to remove the dead tissue to help lower your risk of developing pancreatic cancer. [3]

Regarding risks, patients with chronic pancreatitis can conceive but they typically do have more birth complications and children will often be in lower weight categories and premature. 

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