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Persistent pancreatitis could indicate pancreatic cancer

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 2:59 pm by Williams Hart    

Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, is a condition that can result from many different causes, such as gallstone formation, alcoholism, heredity, and use of certain medications. With prompt diagnosis, proper treatment, and a switch to a healthier diet, pancreatitis may manifest as a one-time episode and may not recur at all.

In some cases, however, pancreatitis could be persistent and chronic. Chronic inflammation of the pancreas could be indicative of pancreatic cancer. If you are suffering from recurrent pancreatitis, ask your doctor about your risk of pancreatic cancer. Your risk is especially high if any of the following apply to you:

  • Obese/overweight
  • African-American
  • Family history of pancreatic cancer
  • Diabetes

Unfortunately, the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal may increase your risk of recurrent pancreatitis. This in turn could trigger cancer formation in the tissues of your pancreas. If Risperdal has caused you or your loved one to develop pancreatic cancer, a lawyer at Williams Hart might be able to represent you in a case against the pharmaceutical company involved. Call us at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about taking legal action today.

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