Pancreatitis

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Pancreatitis

Definition

Pancreatitis is an inflammation or infection of the pancreas. The pancreas is located behind the stomach. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon and substances that help with digestion.

Causes

For more information, see the specific type of pancreatitis:

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Clammy skin
  • Fatty stools
  • Fever
  • Mild jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting

Exams and Tests

Abdominal x-rays, abdominal CT scans, or other tests may be recommended.

Treatment

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Outlook (Prognosis)

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Possible Complications

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

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

Prevention

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Banks PA, Freeman ML; Practice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. Practice guidelines in acute pancreatitis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Oct;101(10):2379-400.

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