Other Names for this Disease
- Hereditary chronic pancreatitis
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pancreatitis. The first episode of pancreatitis usually occurs in late childhood. Signs and symptoms may include stomach pain, fever, nausea, or vomiting. Episodes often lasts from one to three days, but may be longer. Repeat episodes of pancreatitis leads to chronic pancreatitis (a constantly inflamed pancreas), calcium deposits in the pancreas, and over years, pancreas scarring. At this stage signs and symptoms may include fatty stool, weight loss, and protein and vitamin deficiencies. People with hereditary pancreatitis are also at an increased risk for type 1 diabetes and pancreatic cancer, typically in adulthood. In most cases, hereditary pancreatitis is caused by mutations in the PRSS1 gene and passed through families in an autosomal dominant pattern. While there is not a cure for hereditary pancreatitis, treatments are available (visit the Pancreas Foundation to learn more about treatment). With treatment people with hereditary pancreatitis tend to have a normal life expectancy.Hereditary pancreatitis is a rare genetic condition that causes multiple episodes of
Last updated: 1/20/2016
- Hereditary Pancreatitis. Genetics Home Reference. October 2012; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hereditary-pancreatitis. Accessed 1/20/2016.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Hereditary pancreatitis. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hereditary pancreatitis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.