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A subset of patients with chronic pancreatitis develop calcified "stones" within the pancreatic duct itself that block the flow of pancreatic juice, causing the patient to suffer pain and progressively lose pancreatic tissue and function. Many of these patients are candidates for a variety of pancreatic operations to remove the stones and "re-plumb" the pancreas to allow unimpeded flow of digestive juice into the bowel. This typically provides significant symptom relief and helps preserve pancreatic tissue and function.