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Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis pancreatitis May 21, 2018

What is Pancreatitis?

The pancreas is located behind the stomach and has two main jobs: it secretes insulin to help control blood sugar levels and produces enzymes that help with digestion. Acute Pancreatitis is the condition when the pancreas suddenly becomes inflamed and swollen, possibly causing pancreatic tissue damage. Chronic Pancreatitis occurs over time where ongoing inflammation creates irreversible scar tissue within the organ.


Most Common Causes (there are others)
• Gallstones
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Smoking
• High triglyceride levels
• High calcium levels
• Medications
• Abdominal trauma

• Severe pain in upper abdomen
Abdominal pain that radiates to your back
Abdominal pain that worsens after eating
• Nausea/Vomiting
• Fever


Most Common Causes
• Smoking
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Multiple episodes of acute pancreatitis

• Greasy or oily stools with foul odor
• Unintentional weight loss
• Recurring abdominal pain – intermittent or constant


When It’s Time to See a Doctor
If you’re experiencing the symptoms described above, call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. If, for instance, a gallstone was lodged in the pancreas and left unattended it could cause severe harm to the pancreas.

Your doctor will perform the necessary tests and imaging to determine the cause of your pain and will determine the next steps to protect your health.

Visit any of our providers at Granite Peaks discuss your symptoms and find the solutions you need to feel better. Schedule an appointment.