Wednesday, 18 June 2014

How Many People Get Pancreatitis Each Year And How Many People Die From This?

This post is different from posts in the past I will be producing figures and estimates for how many people get pancreatitis each year, In some cases providing figures for specific countries and I will also provide information on mortality rates. Mortality rates refers to how many people die each year from this condition. It was harder to produce this information in the past but new studies and medical research allow for this information to now be shared.
The Following is some interesting pancreatitis statistics for countries such as the USA, UK & Australia:

- In England (UK) over 1000 people die from acute pancreatitis each year. These figures are increasing which is a common trend across many developed countries.

- Over 200 000 Americans develop pancreatitis each year.

- The most recent data I can find for Australia is that in 2008 136 people died from acute pancreatitis. Surprisingly 65% of these fatalities involved females.

- Canada had 9500 cases of acute pancreatitis last year and Mexico had an estimated 32 000 cases. These rates are consistent with the different populations for each country.

- With a population of 4.5 million Croatia had 1400 people suffer from the acute condition.

- Serbia had 3200 cases and Italy had 17 000 cases of acute pancreatitis.

These figures are all similar. The rates of acute pancreatitis are similar and would more accurately be measured in people affected per 100 000. This is due to the countries listed above having substantial differences in total population figures.
I have researched these figures today from medical research and Government statistic websites for the various countries. This is a time consuming process however I am happy to do this as the purpose of this site is to raise awareness for pancreatitis. Remember to sign up to our email subscription service which is free and we send out information once a month or every two months. This is used to only send out important information such as the latest studies and findings on these topics.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Acute Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis Causes and Sudden Death

Over the course of this site we have covered acute and chronic conditions of pancreatitis without going into much detail about the condition known as ‘hemorrhagic acute pancreatitis’. Hemorrhagic acute pancreatitis is inflammation that can lead to death of pancreatic tissue, essentially this commonly leads to various forms of lesions and internal bleeding. This is caused by an acute condition being complicated by the rupture of a vessel in the pancreas which can therefore spread.

The normal symptoms occur with those suffering from a hemorrhagic condition and these include digestive problems, orange colored stools, bloating and jaundice. These are quite similar to normal acute pancreatitis symptoms however the next complications I mention show how serious the ‘hemorrhagic condition’ is.

The following complications can occur:

- A person suffering from acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis can deteriorate and eventually fall into a coma.
- Respiratory failure can also occur.
- Breathing difficulties can be extreme.

A patient suffering hemorrhaging needs professional medical help as soon as possible. Reading up about this topic has scared me, since I have suffered from acute pancreatitis in the past. This is the most extreme of complications which can occur from an acute condition. It seems that this form of complication leads to a high mortality rate, which I am unfortunately obliged to write.

From the various medical sources I have researched on this topic tonight death can be sudden. Usually hemorrhaging is found in the autopsy of a patient. I will post more information on this topic in the future as the seriousness of this complication is scary and information could be useful to spread the word about the severity of this condition.

The hemorrhaging can often be caused by pancreatic necrosis and the infected necrosis is commonly caused by bacteria. I would provide further medical terms however as a non-medical expert these are difficult to understand and produce advice on. Understanding pancreatic necrosis and the formation of abscesses will also be covered in future posts.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Prednisone and Pancreatitis. The Unwanted Side Effect.

Prednisone is one of the most popular and commonly used corticosteroid medications in the world. It can be used to treat a large range of medical conditions which I will go over in further detail later in this post. Some of the side effects of this drug range from minor to major conditions and illnesses. Patients are described prednisone by medical professionals to treat and beat various symptoms. Depending on the progress of the patient or the severity of a condition, medical professionals will usually recommend a dose between 5 to 50 mg.

Prednisone can be used to treat the following:

- Severe allergies.
- Skin Disorders or Diseases.
- Bowel Conditions such as Inflammation.
- Multiple forms of Arthritis.

What Does Prednisone Actually Do?

- The main purpose patients are prescribed prednisone is that the drug has been known to alleviate swelling, pain and redness.

Is Pancreatitis a Side Effect of Prednisone?

Unfortunately Pancreatitis is a common side effect of prednisone. The side effects of this drug range from various physical and mental symptoms and conditions. Some are defined as minor and some are defined as major by medical professionals.

My research today on this subject has been various medical websites and a range of medical books which has taken me over two hours to study. If you are about to start taking prednisone or have been prescribed this drug and you have had pancreatitis before, then consult with your local medical professional. When visiting a doctor or hospital informing these medical professionals about past illnesses or conditions is imperative.

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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Pancreatitis Information Glossary

- Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is a serious condition of the pancreas which is characterized by inflammation. The inflammation can be defined as either acute or chronic. Rates of pancreatitis are increasing across the developed world as a result of increased drinking and drug consumption amongst the younger generations.Pancreatitis

- Acute Pancreatitis: Acute refers to a quick and severe form of Pancreatitis. This usually lasts a few days to a couple of weeks on average. Consistent acute conditions can lead to a chronic condition. Acute is very serious and can also lead to complications and fatality. I have suffered from an acute condition and it was one of the most painful experiences of my life so far.

- Chronic Pancreatitis: Chronic means the condition is permanent and won’t go away. The symptoms can be relieved and managed to a degree, based on diet and treatment. This can also prove fatal and has unfortunately been linked to pancreatic cancer in a small proportion of sufferers.

- Stress: Stress is hard to define but usually involves a large mental workload and anxiety. Stress weakens the immune system, effectively weakening your entire body. Stress has also been known to be a cause of acute pancreatitis.

- Alcohol Induced: Alcohol induced refers to alcohol being the cause of a condition. This is one of the most common causes of acute pancreatitis. Alcohol is a damaging drug that negatively affects all organs of the body, especially the pancreas.Alcohol Induced Pancreatitis

- Drug Induced: Drug induced has a similar meaning to alcohol induced, however this means drugs cause a condition. Recreational and consistent drug use has been known to be a major cause of acute and chronic pancreatitis.Drug Induced Pancreatitis

- Pancreas: The pancreas is one of the most important organs in the human body. With a healthy pancreas your body can go a long way to living a long and healthy life. With an unhealthy pancreas the outlook for a long and happy life can be remote. Looking after the health of your pancreas is very important.

- Diet: Diet refers to food and drinking consumption which can benefit your overall health and the health of your pancreas. By having a good diet which includes eating a lot of lean meats, vegetables and consuming water and fruit juices, you are giving your body the best chance of being healthy. The pancreas has to process the toxins of bad foods and liquids, which is why having a healthy, well balanced diet can be so important to the overall health of your pancreas.

- Exercise: Exercise is increasingly important to overall physical health and the health of your pancreas. Moderate exercises and low stress exercises are advised. Avoid running marathons and anything to intense, without professional medical advice.