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Pancreatitis facts

  • About 210,000 cases of acute pancreatitis occur in the US every year.
  • Pancreatitis causes abdominal pain.
  • Pancreatitis can be an acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) condition.
  • The hallmark symptom of acute pancreatitis is abdominal pain. Other signs and symptoms of acute pancreatitis are:
    • nausea and vomiting
    • abdominal pain that may radiate to the back
    • pain that worsens after eating
    • chills and fever
    • tenderness of the abdomen to touch
    • lethargy and weakness
  • Diagnosis of pancreatitis is generally with blood and imaging tests.
  • Most cases of acute pancreatitis require hospitalization; however, treatment of chronic pancreatitis may be managed in an outpatient setting.
  • Complications of pancreatitis may include:
  • Pancreatitis can range from a mild, self-limited disease to a condition with life- threatening complications.
Reviewed on 11/22/2016
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