Pancreatitis is an inflammation of pancreas. There is acute and chronic pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis is a quite serious disease and, therefore, it usually calls for surgery. Chronic pancreatitis results after a patient has suffered acute pancreatitis. GPs and Gastroenterologists study the disease.
Reasons for Pancreatitis
- Eating greasy, spicy foods and alcohol
- Taking medicines
- Post-surgical adhesion
Patients complain of pain in epigastric region after eating, wrapping-around pain for a few hours, nausea, vomit of eaten food, yellowish skin and whites of the eyes, constipation.
- Keeping diet with excluding greasy, wheat, spicy, salty products, tomatoes and alcohol. First two acute conditions, eating no food, following days – sparing regimen
- H2-receptor antagonists
- Proton pump inhibitors
Pancreatitis is to be treated. Pancreas surrounded by other organs often affects them. Chronic cholecystitis develops from frequent acute episodes of the disease.
Complications of Pancreatitis
- Hypovolemic shock
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Jaundice, cholangitis
- Pancreas abscess