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What increases the risk of getting Pancreatitis?

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Several factors can increase your risk of developing pancreatitis, including:

  • Gallstones. A small gallstone can move far enough into the bile duct to block the flow of pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine.
  • An excessive amount of alcohol. 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 alcoholic beverages per day for men and 1 per day for women and older people.
  • A high level of fat (triglycerides) in the blood. The level of triglycerides needed to cause pancreatitis is greater than 1,000 mg/dL (11.3 mmol/L). Normal triglyceride levels are around 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L).
  • Taking certain 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).

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