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?
AP can be highly treated with proper pain medications, and with IV fluids. Pancreatic enzymes prescribed by doctors can help, otherwise surgeries can be conducted. Avoiding spicy food, quitting alcohol/beverages and giving up smoking is a must. A low fat controlled diet and proper nutrition can also be beneficial. Ayurveda can also be helpful.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition can lead to Type A Diabetes as well.