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How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Continued

Also the patient's history can help out.
Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take.

In brief: Continued

Also the patient's history can help out.
Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant

In brief: Symptoms and tests

Patients feel pain in the central upper abdomen and back. If you have pain like this further testing can tell whether or not it is from the pancreas. Blood tests (amylase and lipase levels) and scans such as ultrasound, cat scans or MRI scans can be used to look at the pancreas.

In brief: Symptoms and tests

Patients feel pain in the central upper abdomen and back. If you have pain like this further testing can tell whether or not it is from the pancreas. Blood tests (amylase and lipase levels) and scans such as ultrasound, cat scans or MRI scans can be used to look at the pancreas.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine

In brief: By symptoms and exam

For acute pancreatitis, there might be pain close to the belly button that radiates to the back.
There may be nausea, and/or fever. If pancreatitis is suspected, then blood and imaging studies may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms and causes for chronic pancreatitis differ. It is best when talking to your doc, to describe your symptoms rather than go in with a set diagnosis.

In brief: By symptoms and exam

For acute pancreatitis, there might be pain close to the belly button that radiates to the back.
There may be nausea, and/or fever. If pancreatitis is suspected, then blood and imaging studies may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis. Symptoms and causes for chronic pancreatitis differ. It is best when talking to your doc, to describe your symptoms rather than go in with a set diagnosis.
Dr. Ester Kwok
Dr. Ester Kwok
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