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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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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

  • Abdominal pain worsens after drinking alcohol

  • History of pancreatitis

  • Upper left abdominal pain

  • Drink alcohol regularly

  • Abdominal pain

  • Stomach pain or tummy ache in a specific place

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Feeling cold or shivering

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute pancreatitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute pancreatitis

  • Do you have abdominal (stomach) pain when you drink alcohol?

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

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

  • Do you drink alcohol regularly?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

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 be needed, such as a procedure to remove gallstones or therapy for excessive alcohol drinking.

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References

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  • Wang GJ, Gao CF, Wei D, Wang C, Ding SQ. Acute pancreatitis: etiology and common pathogenesis. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Mar 28;15(12):1427-30. doi: 10.3748/wjg.15.1427. PMID: 19322914; PMCID: PMC2665136.

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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Aiko Yoshioka, MD

Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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