Pain management in chronic pancreatitis: taming the beast
Chijioke Enweluzo, Letlhogonolo Tlhabano
Section on Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC, USA
Abstract: Abdominal pain is a principal and in many cases, the only observable symptom of chronic pancreatitis. Like all chronic pain conditions, managing abdominal pain in chronic pancreatitis remains an onerous task for health care providers. Different mechanisms have been postulated in trying to better understand the pathogenesis of pain in chronic pancreatitis. This review seeks to take a broad look at the various options that are available to providers in trying to achieve pain relief and a better quality of life for chronic pancreatitis patients.
Keywords: chronic pancreatitis, pain management