Pancreatitis

Definition
Pancreatitis is an inflammation or infection of the pancreas - an elongated, tapered gland that is located behind the stomach. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The various types of pancreatitis involve irritation, inflammation, and infection of the pancreas. The disorders differ according to whether symptoms develop suddenly or slowly.

Specific types of pancreatitis are:

Symptoms
Symptoms may include:

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

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

Treatment
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Expectations (prognosis)
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Complications
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider ANY time there is persistent Abdominal pain or jaundice, with or without other symptoms!

Prevention
See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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