About Chronic Pancreatitis
Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve—it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage. Chronic pancreatitis eventually impairs a patient’s ability to digest food and make pancreatic hormones. Industrialized countries have estimated that approximately 3.5 to 10 people in every 100,000 develop chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis often develops in patients between the ages of 30 and 40, and is more common in men than women.