What Is Pancreatic Atrophy?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 3:38:23 AM ET

Pancreatic atrophy is the irreversible degeneration of the pancreas that is often associated with chronic pancreatitis. This condition involves the inflammation of the pancreas and a main cause for this is alcoholism, reports Merck Manuals. Some other causes are autoimmune disease, genetic mutations associated with cystic fibrosis and a family history of pancreatitis, states the National Pancreas Foundation.