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A 60-year-old male asked:

what is pancreatitis?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
Bad Trouble!: Pancreatitis is known as one of the most painful conditions. The name refers to a state of inflammation of the pancreas. The common causes or viral infection, alcohol irritation, triglyceride irritation, and infrequently from a bile stone. Another common cause is simply "unknown" or idiopathic in medical jargon. Treatment is usually pain meds, antibiotics and IV fluids. Nothing by mouth.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen commented
General Surgery 34 years experience
Gallstones and alcohol are responsible for most cases of acute pancreatitis, with near-equal incidence (depending on the community). If the episode is severe and due to stones, emergent ERCP performed by gastroenterologists may improve outcomes.
Dec 8, 2011
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Inflamed pancreas. : The pancreas is located just below your stomach in front of the spine. It produces Insulin as well as the enzymes that digest food. Inflammation is almost always due to gallstones or alcoholism. Most cases resolve with few problems after a short hospital stay, but serious (life-threatening) problems can occur. If due to gallbladder problem, we recommend surgery after the episode resolves.
Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Inflammation: Pancreatitis is inflammation of an abdominal organ involved in secretion of digestive enzymes and insulin

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Pancreatitis treatment?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
STOP drinking beer: In usa, the most common cause of pancreatitis is alcoholism. Alcohol damages the pancreas and causes chronic pancreatitis which may lead to acute pancreatitis flair ups. So stop drinking alcohol (i know it's difficult, but life saving) acute pancreatitis is treated with bowel rest: essentially no food and IV fluids in hospital for a few days usually works.
A member asked:

Is pancreatitis curable?

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Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Curable?: It can be treated and resolved but unless the cause is found and correctly addressed, it can happen again.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

What causes pancreatitis?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Many causes: In pancreatitis, enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas, irritating pancreatic cells, causing inflammation and signs and symptoms associated with pancreatitis.Many causes: alcoholism, gallstones, abdominal surgery, certain medications, cigarette smoking, high triglycerides, hypercalcemia, family history of pancreatitis, high levels of hyperparathyroidism, infection, trauma, cystic fibrosis.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is pancreatitis treatable?

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Dr. David Kagan
Hospital-based practice 15 years experience
yes: Dont eat nor drink and let the pancreas calm down.
Medway, MA
A 33-year-old female asked:

Symptoms of pancreatitis?

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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Acute pancreatitis: Upper abdominal pain abdominal pain that radiates to your back abdominal pain that feels worse after eating nausea vomiting tenderness when touching the abdomen.

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