- Q How is pancreatitis diagnosed?
Pancreatitis may be initially diagnosed with a blood test. These tests can confirm pancreatitis by revealing elevated levels of digestive enzymes, like amylase and lipase, as well as potassium, glucose, and calcium. Testing the stool may reveal high... Full Answer
- Q What causes acute pancreatitis?
Acute pancreatitis is usually caused by gallstones or the abuse of alcohol. When a gallstone blocks the duct that transports pancreatic fluid, the fluid begins to digest the pancreas and causes the inflammation. Other causes of acute pancreatitis include... Full Answer
- Q What causes pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is caused by digestive enzymes that are normally active outside the pancreas, but instead become active inside the pancreas and attack the pancreatic tissue. The attack of the enzymes causes the tissue to swell and become inflamed. One cause... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of pancreatitis?
Symptoms of pancreatitis include abdominal and back pain. You may notice that the pain in your abdomen or back that disappears as you change positions. There may be tenderness over your pancreas or in your back. Stool change, nausea, and weight loss are... Full Answer
- Q Can pancreatitis be prevented?
Depending on the cause of your pancreatitis, you may be able to prevent the onset of the condition. Pancreatitis brought on by alcohol abuse, diet, medication, or injury may be preventable. Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume, as well as the... Full Answer
- Q How is pancreatitis treated?
Unless you have a very mild case of pancreatitis that resolves on its own, treatment of pancreatitis will involve hospitalization. In the hospital, you will be given fluids through a needle in your arm. Fluids are necessary to keep you hydrated and... Full Answer
- Q What is my life expectancy with pancreatitis?
Life expectancy with chronic pancreatitis is reduced by 10 to 15 years. When acute pancreatitis is severe with damage and bleeding or inflammation that has spread to other organs, the likelihood of fatality can be as high as 50 percent. Milder cases of... Full Answer