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I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

I have severe sharp pain as soon as I begin to eat. The pain is NOT my stomache but just to the left of my stomache. Exactly where the pancrease (pancrelipase) sits.

Few possibilities: There are a few possibilities from pancreatic issues, to ulcers, and possibly gall bladder. See your doc or make an appointment with HealthTap to provide more detail. I'm available through the Concierge service all day. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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What is excess fat in the pancreas called?

What is excess fat in the pancreas called?

Fatty infiltration: Fatty infiltration is just what it sounds like - excess fat within and around the pancreas. This condition is benign (not harmful, not cancerous) in the sense that it does not disrupt the normal pancreatic functions of making hormones and making digestive enzymes, plus it does not increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. If a person has fatty infiltration due to obesity, he should lose some weight. ...Read more

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Is there a doctor that just does the pancreas? If so what are they called?

Is there a doctor that just does the pancreas? If so what are they called?

Pancreas: Pancreas is part of the digestive system so the specialist is a gastrointestinal physician. ...Read more

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How they remove a cyst on the pancreas called insulinoma?

How they remove a cyst on the pancreas called insulinoma?

Insulinoma or Cyst?: These are 2 different entities. Cysts are typically fluid filled benign growths that rarely require any intervention unless they are growing. Insulinoma is more serious as it is a solid tumor/growth which produces excess of Insulin which can cause serious problems due to low blood sugar levels(hypoglycemia). So try to find out which of these two diagnoses you likely have. Good luck. ...Read more

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Ca 19.9 is about 74. Did a CT scan for pancreas and no adverse findings. Does this call for regular checks moving forward to ensure that I am ok?

Probably not: Guidelines from the american society of clinical oncology discourage the use of ca19-9 as a screening test for cancer, particularly pancreatic cancer. The reason is that the test may be falsely normal (false negative) in many cases, or abnormally elevated in people who have no cancer at all (false positive). The main use of ca19-9 is therefore to see whether a pancreatic tumor is secreting it; if. ...Read more

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I am using snus (also called snus) I am 18 years old. Am i at risk to develope pancreatic cancer?

I am using snus (also called snus) I am 18 years old. Am i at risk to develope pancreatic cancer?

Yes: Tobacco products put you at increased risk for many cancer. Pancreatic cancer is probably one that is increased in smokers or other tobacco use. For sure increases risk of oral and throat cancers (i saw a 19 year old die from it! stop now! ...Read more

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My dad is using snus (also called snuff) its tobacco under the lip. Im worried that he will develope pancreatic cancer , is this possible to answer?

My dad is using snus (also called snuff) its tobacco under the lip. Im worried that he will develope pancreatic cancer , is this possible to answer?

He should stop: While pancreatic cancer is not commonly caused by snuff, many head and neck cancers are associated with snuff, particularly mouth cancer. This is a difficult habit to break, but your input, being honest with your father and asking him to quit can be helpful. Not guilt, not nagging, just a heartfelt request to please stop and to get help. I wish you luck with this. This is a difficult situation. ...Read more

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Are there any artificial pancreases (pancrelipase)?

Are there any artificial pancreases (pancrelipase)?

No: However, transplant of small cellular components of the pancreas which make the insulin, called islets, are done in a few experimental centers around the country. In addition, some patients can do well with an external artificial Insulin pump which delivers Insulin over a two day period and has to be adjusted less frequently than given Insulin shots. ...Read more

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