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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is acute pancreatitis?

Inflammation of the pancreas. Causes include alcohol, gallstones, and high triglyceride levels in the blood. Prompt medical treatment is essential as it can be life-threatening.

Symptoms of acute pancreatitis

  • History of pancreatitis

  • Upper left abdominal pain

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Feeling cold or shivering

  • Diarrhea

  • Upper central abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute pancreatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute pancreatitis

  • Have you ever had inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)?

  • Do you feel pain in the upper left portion of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have abdominal (stomach) pain in any particular location?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

Treatment for acute pancreatitis

This requires prompt medical care and hospitalization. In most cases, the treatment is supportive with IV "drip" fluids, pain medications and oxygen. Treatment of the cause may also needed, e.g. a procedure to remove gallstones, or therapy for excessive alcohol drinking.

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