A member asked:

Absence of fever, how to distinguish pancreas pain from peptic ulcer pain assuming presentation luq burning pain radiating to back?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Mark Hoepfner answered

Specializes in Surgery

Cannot without help: Your described symptoms of a burning luq pain can have many possibilities. You have only noted 2 possibilities of many, and likely picked the 2 worst case scenarios. Abdominal pain can have many causes and reasons, and pancreatitis or peptic ulcer would also be associated with severe pain, nausea and vomiting, inability to eat, etc. You yourself cannot tell what you may have; must see a doctor.

Answered 10/18/2012


Dr. Shaban Faruqui answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

RX PUD & AP as one: Source of abdominal pain can be very difficult to identify in the older adult. Due to the vague nature of symptoms that often present with abdominal pain, misdiagnosis is common. A current study showed that the prevalence of PUD in patients with acute pancreatitis was relatively high (52.6%), and the cause may be gastric mucosal ischemia,stressful condition due to AC Pancreatitis. Needs w/u for dx

Answered 4/7/2019



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