Pancreatitis Specialist

GastroMed LLC -  - Gastroenterologist

GastroMed LLC

Gastroenterologists located in Miami, FL

Pancreatitis can cause acute and chronic abdominal pain, and without care, the pancreas can be irreparably damaged. The medical team at GastroMed uses advanced technology to diagnose pancreatitis in patients in Miami, FL, and determine its underlying cause so treatment can be as effective as possible.

Pancreatitis Q & A

What is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the pancreas, an elongated gland located behind the stomach. The pancreas produces special chemicals that aid in digestion and it also produces insulin, a hormone that helps the body regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels. The inflammation associated with pancreatitis occurs when the digestive chemicals produced in the pancreas become activated before they’re expelled from the organ. Pancreatitis can be acute (developing suddenly) or chronic (occurring over a period of many years). Very mild pancreatitis can resolve on its own, but more severe cases can cause life-threatening complications.

What symptoms does pancreatitis cause?

Pancreatitis can cause symptoms like:

  • pain in the upper abdomen

  • belly pain that radiates into the back or feels worse after eating

  • tenderness when the upper belly area is touched

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • unintentional weight loss

  • fever

  • rapid pulse

Chronic pancreatitis can also cause very smelly, slick bowel movements. Without treatment, repeated bouts of pancreatitis can cause scarring and lead to organ dysfunction, increasing the risk for digestive disorders and diabetes.

What factors can cause or contribute to pancreatitis?

Several factors can lead to pancreatitis, including:

  • gallstones

  • alcoholism

  • use of certain medicines

  • a family history of pancreatitis

  • high blood levels of calcium or triglycerides

  • abdominal surgery, including endoscopic procedures used to remove gallstones without removing the gallbladder

  • smoking

  • infection

  • pancreatic cancer

In some cases, a specific cause cannot be identified.

How is pancreatitis diagnosed?

Pancreatitis can be diagnosed with a blood test that measures levels of pancreatic enzymes. Stool samples may also be used to aid in diagnosis, and in some cases, diagnostic imaging tests like CT scans, MRI or ultrasound also may be used.

How is pancreatitis treated?

Many people with pancreatitis can benefit from dietary and lifestyle changes, but often, hospitalization is required to reduce inflammation and related symptoms and to improve pancreatic function. Once inflammation is resolved, the underlying cause of pancreatitis can be treated. Many patients with pancreatitis have gallstones, and having the gallbladder removed can help prevent pancreatitis from recurring. Other patients may require surgery to repair the pancreas.

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