What is pancreas?
Pancreas is an organ situated in posterior aspect of the abdomen just above the level of
umbilicus. It produces various substance having variety of functions in the body. It helps
in digesting food, control the sugar level in the blood and other various functions.
What is pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is an inflamation of the pancrease in which the swells and get damaged.
Why does pancreatitis occur?
There are many reasons for pancreatitis, the most common are taking alcohol and stones
in the gall bladder. High level of fat in blood can also cause pancreatitis. In India there is a
type of pancreatitis occurs for which the exact cause is not found.
What are the symptoms of pancreatitis?
Symptoms varies from mild to life threatening one. Pain in the abdomen going to the back,
nausea, vomiting, fever and swelling of the abdomen are common symptoms.
Does it require any inveatigation?
Yes, to confirm the diagnosis it requires certain blood investigations and imaging study of the
abdomen like sonography and CT scan.
What is the treatment of pancreatitis?
It requires hospital admission, your doctor will give you intravenous fluid, pain killer and other medicines. If you are not able to take
oral diet, you may be given feeding through a tube. Sometimes pancreas gets infected, in that case it requires antibiotics. If the condition
is severe, you may be shifted to ICU. Sometimes part of or whole pancrease becomes dead, in that situation your doctor may advise to
place a tube into your abdomen or
To whom should I consult for the treatment?
Pancreatitis is better treated by specialist gastroenterology department because it is a complex disease which affect other part of the body also. Pancreatitis treatment requires multidisciplinary approach with Intesive care unit
Is there any complications of pancreatitis?
Pancreatits can be mild or can be life threatening. It can
cause infection, collection of fluid in abdomen, and can affect other organs
like kidneys, lungs as well intraabdominal organs. You may develop repeated
attacks of pancreatitis.
How to prevent repeated attacks?
If you are taking alcohol, you should stop it immediately. Avoiding the alcohol significantly reduce the risk of repeated attacks. If you have stones in the gallbladder, you should get gallbladder removed as soon as possible. Other known causes of pancreatitis like high fat level in blood should be treated.
Disease of Pancreas
- A Acure Pancreas
- B Chronic Pancreas
- C Pancreatic Injury
- D Cancer of Pancreas
- E Periampullary Cancer