Acute pancreatitis appears as sudden, severe upper abdominal pain, often spreading through to the back. Learn more about this condition and its symptoms here.
The diagnosis of acute pancreatitis is often reasonably straightforward. The doctor will talk to you, examine you and take some blood tests. Learn more about a pancreatitis diagnosis here.
There are a range of treatments which may be recommended, depending on the cause of the pancreatitis and the person’s condition. Read about them here.
The symptoms of acute pancreatitis can be similar to symptoms of other medical emergencies such as heart attack. If you or someone in your care has these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.
What causes pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is caused when something going wrong and the enzymes start digesting the pancreas, rather than the food in the gut. Learn more about the condition here.
Links to articles about pancreatic diseases.
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The pancreas is a vital organ that helps the body to digest food and control blood sugar levels. Read about the role of the pancreas and how to keep it healthy.
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