An atrophic pancreas means that the size of your pancreas is smaller than it should be. The two question at this stage are how well it functions and what may be the cause. Regarding function, you will need to have your glucose levels assessed, and also your bowel function, as the pancreas makes enzymes that break down fat, carbohydrates and proteins. If there is a lack of these enzymes, then you will have diarrhea as your body can’t breakdown food and absorb it properly. Potential cause of an atrophic pancreas include things alcohol, gallstones, raised triglyerides(a particular fat in the blood), cystic fibrosis(a genetic disorder, unlikely at your age), infections like mumps(uncommon) and chronic pancreatitis (long-standing inflammation of unknown cause). Your surgeon will look at the possibilities.
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