Could Hormone Therapy Increase the Risk of Acute Pancreatitis?

January 28, 2014 3:33 PM

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Could Hormone Therapy Increase the Risk of Acute Pancreatitis?

A recent study shows a distinct connection between hormone replacement therapy and an increased risk of acute pancreatitis. This sudden inflammation of the pancreas can vary from mild to debilitating pain, with some more serious conditions even resulting in death.

For the study, researchers used data from 31,494 Swedish postmenopausal women aged 48 at the beginning of the 13-year study from 1997 to 2010. They found that 42 percent of the women used HRT at the beginning of the study, 12 percent were previous users and 46 percent never used HRT. For those that ...

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