Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver, causing pain and sometimes death. Patients suffering from this disease are susceptible to pancreatic cancer. Gallbladder stones are the most common cause of this disease. Common symptoms of acute pancreatitis are nausea and vomiting, fever, rapid pulse and tender and swollen abdomen.
HOW IS ACUTE PANCREATITIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of this condition is usually carried out by a specialist from the Gastroenterology department who will put you through a series of tests including pancreatic functioning test and ultrasounds, as well as glucose tolerance tests. A small tissue sample can also be extracted and tested with the help of a biopsy.
HOW IS ACUTE PANCREATITIS TREATED?
Fluids are given to the patient through IV to prevent dehydration. The patient has to be admitted in the hospital for a couple of days till the condition improves. One has to eat light and non greasy food, painkillers and sometimes oxygen support needs to be given too.
DID YOU KNOW?
The occurrence of acute pancreatitis during pregnancy is extremely rare, almost 1 in every 10,000 pregnancies