Pancreatitis: Facts and Fiction

Pancreatitis: Facts & Fiction Webinar

Pancreatitis can be a long-lasting condition where the health of the pancreas worsens over time. In our April 2020 webinar, Pancreatitis: Facts & Fiction, we review some of the common misperceptions about this complex condition. This presentation is led by world-renowned pancreas expert and Ariel Co-Founder, Dr. David Whitcomb and Dr. Mark Haupt. Do You […]

How Genetics Can Contribute to Pancreatitis

Every year, more than 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with acute or chronic pancreatitis. Did you know that many complex, chronic disorders such as pancreatitis, don’t have a single cause, and in many cases are un-explained? While most severe cases of pancreatitis are due to gallstones or alcohol abuse, sometimes genetics and other unknown factors are to […]

What is Pancreas Divisum?

Pancreas in human body

Table of Contents Introduction Pancreas divisum is a common anatomical anomaly that occurs in ~4-14% of the general population [1]. It arises during development when two precursors of the pancreas do not fuse together properly. The developing pancreas contains two pancreatic ducts or tubes called the dorsal duct and the ventral duct. These ducts fuse […]

What is the Difference Between Hereditary Pancreatitis and Familial Pancreatitis?


Table of Contents Introduction Pancreatitis is a complex condition with multiple potential causes. When pancreatitis occurs in multiple closely related individuals, it warrants further investigation, which may include genetic counseling and/or genetic testing. The diagnosis of hereditary or familial pancreatitis should include the collection of a 3-generation family history and evaluation for other causes of […]

Drug-Induced Acute Pancreatitis

Prescription Medicine

Introduction Drugs are an important element of modern medical care and can be subdivided into over the counter (OTC) drugs and prescription drugs. OTC drugs, as the name suggests, are available at pharmacies and many convenience stores to purchase without a prescription. Sometimes, an acute pancreatitis attack can be the direct result of a new […]

Research at Ariel: An Exploration of Genetic Variants in 100 Pancreatitis Patients

Ariel's Targeted Next-Generation Sequencing

Thanks to patients who volunteer for scientific research with Ariel. Ariel researchers continue to study and describe the genetic changes that may predispose to pancreatitis. In a new study led by Dr. Mitch Ellison published in the journal Pancreas, the team studied how combinations of genetic changes, or variants, might make people more susceptible to […]

Pancreatitis & Pain

Patient with pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a complex medical condition that manifests itself differently in each patient. While some patients experience no pain, the most common symptom of pancreatitis is pain in the upper abdomen [1], that may radiate to the back. This pain can range widely in severity and duration. Mild cases of pancreatitis may resolve on their […]

Mother’s Day Genetics: How long does a mother “carry” a child?

On the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day celebrates the women who care for us, the maternal bonds between mother and child, and the influence of mothers in society. Mothers come in all forms and what they instill in their children goes far beyond the childrens’ genetics. The founder of Mother’s Day in the US, […]