pancreatitis

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Dr. Allen L. Fein answered:

what is pancreatitis?

Bad Trouble!

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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.
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Pancreatitis treatment?

Treatment varies

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In acute pancreatitis the basic treatment is resting the pancreas, by limiting intake of food. Also you are given IV fluids and pain medication. If the pancreatitis becomes very severe you may need antibiotics and in rare circumstances surgery. The other thing that is done is investigating the cause in order to prevent future attacks.
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Is pancreatitis curable?

Curable?

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It can be treated and resolved but unless the cause is found and correctly addressed, it can happen again.
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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Pain

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Most commonly people have pain just below the end of the breastbone. It can "stab" right thru to the back. Also people commonly complain of nausea after eating.
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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis

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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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What causes pancreatitis?

Many causes

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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
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Dr. David Kagan answered:

Is pancreatitis treatable?

yes

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dont eat nor drink and let the pancreas calm down
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Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

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Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas.
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How can I treat pancreatitis?

Bowel Rest

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Pancreatitis is usually treated by allowing nothing to be taken by mouth, adequate fluid administration and pain medication, usually given intravenously. Because it is diagnosed by way of blood tests and x-rays, I think it is safe to assume that most people cannot diagnose it on their own, but if you have any suspicion of having it, I'd say go straight to an emergency room.
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Can stress cause pancreatitis?

No

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Pancreatitis can be caused by too much alcohol, greatly elevated triglycerides, and tuberculosis as well as and E. coli infection. It is not brought on directly by stress.
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