An overview of the management of patients with chronic pancreatitis
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An overview of the management of patients with chronic pancreatitis

Carolyn C Johnstone Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

Chronic pancreatitis is a complex inflammatory condition characterised by irreversible damage to the pancreas. This article explores the pathophysiology of this condition and its effects on pancreatic function. It outlines the causes and presenting features of chronic pancreatitis, as well as its effect on patients’ quality of life and the changes to their lifestyle that are likely to be required. Chronic pancreatitis cannot be cured; therefore, treatment aims to control pain, manage problems associated with malabsorption, and assess and manage long-term complications that may develop, such as insulin dependence.

Nursing Standard. 31, 13, 54-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10532

Correspondence

c.c.johnstone@dundee.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 April 2016

Accepted: 01 September 2016

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