Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. It can occur as acute pancreatitis, which comes on quickly and severely. It is usually brought on by problems of the gallbladder and may last for several days.
Pancreatitis may also appear as chronic pancreatitis, which occurs over many years. The major cause for chronic pancreatitis is chronic alcoholism.
Mild cases of pancreatitis may not require treatment, but more severe cases can cause serious complications.
Symptoms of pancreatitis are:
Pancreatitis can be caused by a number of things.
Common causes include:
Pancreatitis can be diagnosed by:
Treatment for pancreatitis may require hospitalization. Once the inflammation in the pancreas is controlled, doctors can treat the cause of your pancreatitis.
Initial treatments to help control inflammation include:
Treatment for the underlying cause of your pancreatitis can include: