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What is the root cause of pancreas problem in a 17-year-old?


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Published At July 21, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I herewith attach the medical reports of my son aged 17 years old who had a pancreas problem. He does not have any bad habits. He is taking medicine as per the doctor's advise. Mild home food is being given. But still now and then he reports mild stomach pain. Kindly clarify the following:

  1. What is the root cause of this pancreatic problem?
  2. How long we should give them mild food and when can we give him normal food?
  3. Whether the mild stomach pain he reports is normal or any further investigation is needed?
  4. Whether it is completely curable?
  5. What is the home remedy?

We are very much worried since he is very young. When he gets mild stomach pain he gets disturbed. Kindly advice. Currently, he is taking Bronac and Panlipase twice daily.

Answered by Dr. Datta Ram. U.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand the anxiety you have regarding your son. He has pancreatitis.

Is this the first time he is getting this?

Does he take alcohol?

Did he have any injury to the abdomen?

Have you checked his serum triglycerides and calcium?

Is he on any long-term medications or recently started any medicine before the attack of pancreatitis?

The cause of the problem is not clear in your son's case. It may be a genetic predisposition for pancreatitis which is the common cause in this age group. Please do the other tests which I have asked for. Also, he needs a scan called MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography).

Answers to your questions:

  1. The cause is not clear in your son's case.
  2. You can give him a normal diet but less oily food and fried foods. Give him more protein like eggs and fish.
  3. Please do serum calcium and triglycerides. Also, do an MRCP.
  4. If we can identify the cause of the problem then we can treat and cure it. If no cause is identified then finding a cure may be difficult.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your response.

Four years back he was admitted for normal food poison. Sometimes he used to say heat sensation in the stomach.

But pancreatic, this is the first time he is getting. He never takes alcohol and has no bad habits and has no injury to the abdomen.

Serum triglycerides were not tested. Tested for calcium long back and found fine. No medications so far. He is normal.

We will take serum triglycerides and calcium blood tests and MRCP scans. MRCP scan: Is it to be done on an empty stomach? Whether it is painful?

What home remedies are to be taken? Is it associated with any food allergy?

Answered by Dr. Datta Ram. U.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

MRCP is not painful and is to be done on an empty stomach. It will help in detecting any structural problem or anomaly causing pancreatitis.

Food allergy does not cause pancreatitis. Please share the CT scan and MRCP images with me. Revert with the scan and blood tests.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Datta Ram. U.
Dr. Datta Ram. U.

Surgical Gastroenterology

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