Pancreatic fistula is a medical condition which involves the leakage of fluid (pancreatic fluid) caused due to damage to the pancreatic ducts. Disruption or damage to the pancreatic ducts can take place because of trauma, pancreatic resection and chronic pancreatitis. Pancreatic fistula can cause infection, skin excoriation and chronic malnutrition.
Pancreatic fistula can sometimes also lead to pancreatic attack. This is usually caused due to excessive alcohol abuse, gallstone formation, certain medicines, an infection or an injury.
Symptoms of pancreatic attack include immense pain in the upper abdomen which can spread to your back.
Pancreatic cancer can be cured by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. But it can have a lot of side effects such as immense body pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, anemia, lymphedema (excessive lymph fluid inside the fatty tissues), sexual side effects and decrease in fertility rate in women.
An oncologist should be consulted for pancreatic cancer treatment. Pancreatic cancer and pancreatic attack is usually diagnosed by performing blood tests, physical exam, CBC (Complete blood count), stool test, liver test, belly ultrasound, CT scan and MRI. Sometimes a test known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram is also performed to diagnose pancreatic cancer.