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Hernia surgery and pancretitis...could they be related
I had a double hernia surger (lower abdomen & between my ribs) both on top of old scars.  Now, 8 months later, I have had an Ultrasound, CT, MRCP all indicating  Chronic Pancretitis. I am scheduled for an ERCP.  I am not nor have been a drinker and I have had no trauma to my abdomen (except the hernia surgery.  I don't feel as if I fully recovered from the hernia surgery.  Could a hernia surgery or the scar tissue from that  lead to pancretitis or dammage to my pancrease?
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I know I am tardy in my response to your post. I just visited this MH Forum as I am ususally on other MH forums.

I did some research on your question. It doesn't appear that pancreatitis is normally caused from a hernia or hernia surgery. I did find this:

"Acute pancreatitis is most commonly caused by gallstones and alcohol. However, other mechanical factors may cause acute pancreatitis due to obstruction of the pancreatic duct and ischemia of the pancreas. We describe the first case of a parastomal hernia causing acute pancreatitis."

There is information on the web if you place the question in your search engine.

Best of of Luck to You,
~Tuck
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well, I am trying several questions in my search engine...just not getting very good results...I will keep trying, thank you for the "good luck"....ERCP was done today and the Dr. couldn't get the scope into the pancrease duct and is suggesting "a new set of eyes" to preforme another...in the mean time, post meals are extremely painful, therefore loosing weight is now a concern.
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Hello and good you are doing well.

Besides alcohol and gall stones other causes for the pancreatitis include hereditary disorders of the pancreas, cystic fibrosis, high triglycerides, and certain medicines. As you wait for the repeat ERCP, go through your medication list and also have a lipid profile done. Please discuss this with your doctor am sure he will provide further assistance.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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well I don't have any answers for you but I am finding your question really interesting as my mother died in hospital just before christmas after a hernia operation. The main cause listed on her death certificate was pancreatitis and fat necrosis. I am also on the internet trying to find answers.
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I'm a 59 year old guy. Never had days illness etc .. until 2 years ago when i lifted an extremely heavy amp from my son's band and gave myself a double hernia. Didn't think anything of it - had the operation but after a couple of weeks i thought my stomach was hurting more than it should and it was obvious my digestive system was not working properly. losing weight etc. Scan ect followed and eventually diagnosed as Chronic Pancreatis. Pancreas is apparently severly damaged and i'm now on Creon and diabetic. Told it was prob alchohol related - until i told them (truthfully) that i have NEVER drunk. They've now got no idea what the cause is. Perhaps an unfortunate coincidence ???
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This is true. My husband has had acute pancreaitis for 4/5 years and doctors cant find a cause. A year before this all started he had a hernia operation! So yes it definatly is related!!!
I will be making a complaint so that this all can be checked out. Pleease do same aswell
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