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From Ireland:

My father in-law became dehydrated, was hospitalised for nine days, and they suggest he may have to have his pancreas taken out. Is this possible without having huge complications?


There are complications with the removal of the pancreas. It is a major operation, and when the pancreas is removed, insulin will be required to replace what is usually made in the islet cells of the pancreas. In addition, pancreatic enzymes will have to be taken with meals to provide the enzymes required to digest meals.

It is very important that you and your father-in-law discuss the choices for treatment of his problems with the physician in detail so that it is very clear what the choices are.


Original posting 30 May 2003
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