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Hi, Doctor; I'm in the hospital right now for the 5th time with acute pancreatitis. It's been almost two years since my last hospitalization, and the doctor treating me has said in that time the method for treating pancreatitis patients has changed. Is th

Hi, Doctor; I'm in the hospital right now for the 5th time with acute pancreatitis. It's been almost two years since my last hospitalization, and the doctor treating me has said in that time the method for treating pancreatitis patients has changed. Is th

What difference?: You don't say what the difference is. The main thing that comes to mind is that it's less common these days to automatically use a nasogastric tube to keep the stomach empty. Just withholding food until pain starts to improve usually is sufficient. If some other difference is on your mind, you'll need to ask a new question. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Pancreatitis (Definition)

Pancreatitis is an inflammation or infection of the pancreas, causing abnormal secretions or leakage of the digestive enzymes ...Read more


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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

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. ...Read more

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Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Symptoms of pancreatitis?

Pain: 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. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis : It can be very dangerous depending on the severity. ...Read more

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What is chemical pancreatitis?

What is chemical pancreatitis?

Can mean different: Things to different persons. Some docs refer to a chemical pancreatitis as an abnormal elevation in serum pancreatic enzyme testing(amylase/lipase) without clinical signs like nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain(clinical pancreatitis). Some doctors refer to a chemic pancreatitis as pancreatitis that is due to a chemical exposure. I've seen it used both ways. ...Read more

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What does pancreatitis feel like?

Pancreatitis pain: Typical acute pancreatitis pain is in the upper part of the abdomen, sharp, and severe in intensity. The pain may feel like it is moving directly to the back. Nausea and vomiting is common. A fever can also accompany acute pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pancreatitis?

See below: You can get any of these common symptoms but none of them are required for the diagnosis - abdominal pain particularly top center, nausea +/- vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue or malaise, thirst. If you have any discoloration of the skin on the abdomen or back, go to the hospital immediately - that is a sign of a possible serious complication. ...Read more