pancreatitis

What is Pancreatitis?


Alternative therapies can't treat pancreatitis, but some alternative therapies may help you cope with the pain associated with pancreatitis. People with chronic pancreatitis may experience constant pain that isn't easily controlled with medications. Using complementary and alternative medicine therapies along with medications prescribed by your doctor may help you feel more in control of your pain.

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Acute pancreatitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Acute pancreatitis or acute pancreatic necrosis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Depending on its severity, it can have severe complications and ...

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Pancreatitis

Provides information about acute and chronic forms of pancreatitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and available treatments.

Pancreatitis Causes, Symptoms, Treatment - Pancreatitis Symptoms ...

The most common symptom of acute pancreatitis is pain. Almost everybody with acute pancreatitis experiences pain. The pain may come on suddenly or build up ...

Acute pancreatitis

Sep 1, 2009 ... Acute pancreatitis refers to inflammation of the pancreas, causing sudden and severe abdominal pain. The pancreas is an organ that lies in ...

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Acute pancreatitis definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of ...

Mar 5, 2004 ... Acute pancreatitis: Sudden inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas abruptly becomes inflamed and then gets better. ...

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JAMA Patient Page | Pancreatitis

Apr 2, 2008 ... Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. ... Gallstone pancreatitis is caused by irritation of the pancreas by gallstones in the ...

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Pancreatitis Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments and Causes ...

Pancreatitis information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

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Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas that leads to scarring and loss of function. The pancreas is an organ located behind the stomach that produces chemicals needed to digest food. It also produces the hormones insulin and glucagon.

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Sep 25, 2009 ... Eighty-eight post-marketing cases of acute pancreatitis, including two cases of hemorrhagic or necrotizing pancreatitis in patients using ...

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Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a term used to describe inflammation in the pancreas. The pancreas is a long, flat gland that sits tucked behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. The pancreas produces enzymes that help digestion and hormones that help regulate the way your body processes sugar (glucose).

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Causes
For more information, see the specific type of pancreatitis: Acute pancreatitis ; Chronic pancreatitis ; Pancreatic abscess ; Pancreatic pseudocyst

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Complications
Pancreatitis can cause serious complications, including: Breathing problems. Acute pancreatitis can cause chemical changes in your body that affect your lung function, causing the level of oxygen in your blood to fall to dangerously low levels. Diabetes. Damage to insulin-producing cells in your pancreas from chronic pancreatitis can lead to diabetes, a disease that affects the way your body uses blood sugar. Infection. Acute pancreatitis can make your pancreas vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Pancreatic infections are serious and require intensive treatment, such as surgery to remove the infected tissue. Kidney failure. Acute pancreatitis may cause kidney failure, which can be treated...

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Exams and Tests
Tests that may be performed include: Abdominal x-rays ; Abdominal ultrasound or CT scans ; Blood and urine tests

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Lifestyle and home remedies
Once you leave the hospital, you can take steps to continue your recovery from pancreatitis, such as: Stop drinking alcohol. If you're unable to stop drinking alcohol on your own, ask your doctor for help. Your doctor may refer you to local programs to help you stop drinking. Stop smoking. If you smoke, quit. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you can't quit on your own, ask your doctor for help. Medications and counseling can help you quit smoking. Choose a low-fat diet. Choose a diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein, and that limits fats. Drink more water. Pancreatitis can cause dehydration, so keep a water bottle or glass of water with you during...

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Medical advice
Call your health care provider if you have persistent abdominal pain or jaundice, with or without other symptoms.

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Outlook (Prognosis)
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

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Possible Complications
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

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Prevention
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

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Symptoms
Symptoms may include: Abdominal pain ; Chills; Clammy skin; Fatty stools; Fever ; Mild jaundice ; Nausea; Sweating ; Weakness ; Weight loss ; Vomiting

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Tests and diagnosis
Tests and procedures used to diagnose pancreatitis include: Blood tests; Stool tests; Computerized tomography (CT) scan; Abdominal ultrasound; Endoscopic ultrasound; Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

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Treatments and drugs
Pancreatitis usually requires hospitalization. Once your condition is stabilized in the hospital and inflammation in the pancreas is controlled, doctors can treat the underlying cause of your pancreatitis.

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