Acute Pancreatitis

Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas that lasts several days. The condition is primarily caused by alcohol abuse and gallstones that block the common bile duct (the tube that transports bile from the gallbladder and liver through the pancreas). Although most cases clear up with treatment, a small percentage can cause infection and multiple-organ failure.

The symptoms of acute pancreatitis include:

  • Upper abdominal pain.
  • Abdominal tenderness.
  • Fever.
  • Abdominal pain that radiates to your back.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.

Acute pancreatitis is treated in a hospital, and most people can be released after a few days. If your condition is severe, you may need more intensive treatment, including:

  1. Fluid Drainage – This procedure removes fluid from your abdomen if you have an inflamed pseudocyst (an accumulation of leaked pancreatic fluids) or an abscess.
  2. Surgery – Your doctor may perform a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) if gallstones trigger your pancreatitis.
  3. Endoscopic Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) combines an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (using a flexible, lighted tube to see your digestive tract) and X-rays. This procedure fixes the bile or pancreatic duct that has been narrowed or blocked by gallstones.

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