Many patients who suffer from chronic pancreatitis struggle with getting an accurate, timely diagnosis. Chronic pancreatitis is a highly complex rare disease that is difficult to diagnose and treat.

Diagnosing Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is a rare disease, and there is no one test that can reliably diagnose chronic pancreatitis. There are many reasons why a patient might be misdiagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. Additionally, medical professionals are not always trained to look for chronic pancreatitis as a diagnosis. There are many different methods a doctor may use to diagnose chronic pancreatitis, however, the diagnosis is an integrative approach that takes into account the clinical scenario, risk factors, and exclusion of other diseases.

What is the Isabel Symptom Checker?

The Isabel Symptom Checker is a highly sophisticated medical knowledge system adapted from the professional Isabel Diagnosis Checklist System. Its job is to take a set of symptoms and present back a list of possible diagnoses that could be the cause of those symptoms. Each diagnosis is linked to knowledge to help you read up on the disease and learn more about it. The intention is not that you should bypass the doctor and diagnose yourself, but to become more informed and be able to have a more balanced and productive discussion with your doctor or healthcare provider about your diagnosis.

When should I use the Isabel Symptom Checker?

Isabel should be used when you have doubt about the diagnosis that your doctor has made about you. Everybody will have a different threshold before they have doubt but a good rule of thumb is that your doubt and concern should be based on the number of symptoms you have and how long you have had them. If you have had just one mild symptom for 2 days then it is far less likely to be anything serious than if you have had 2-3 symptoms lasting for 3-4 weeks, for example. You are the person who knows most about your symptoms, such as how long you have had them, how painful they are and whether they are getting worse or better so, if you feel concerned that you are not being listened to by your doctor, then that is a perfect time to use Isabel.

The Isabel Symptom Checker allows you to enter a list of symptoms and view possible associated diagnoses.

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