What Increases Your Risk
Several factors can increase your risk of pancreatitis, including:
- Reference Gallstones Opens New Window. A small gallstone can move far enough into the bile duct to block the flow of pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine.
- Reference Alcohol abuse Opens New Window. The amount needed to cause pancreatitis is not known. Alcohol tolerance varies from one person to another. Moderate consumption is considered no more than 2 Reference alcoholic beverages Opens New Window a day for men and 1 a day for women and older people.
- A high level of fat (Reference triglycerides Opens New Window) in the blood.
- Taking certain Reference medicines, including estrogen therapy and some antibiotics.
- Structural problems of the pancreas or the bile and pancreatic ducts, especially a condition in which the pancreas is divided and has two main ducts (pancreas divisum).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology