n South African Medical Journal - Chronic pancreatitis, depression and substance use disorders : a not uncommon combination : forum - clinical alert

Volume 105, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a progressive and debilitating disease. A potentially important consideration is the relationship between CP, depression and substance use disorders, which seems to be circular and multiplicative. Pain management is a critical component of intervention, and it would seem that in the context of chronic illness this requires a biopsychosocial approach aiming for a tailored intervention that strikes an appropriate therapeutic balance.

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