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Diseases reference index «Pancreatitis»

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon, as well as digestive enzymes that help you digest and absorb food.

Causes

For more information, see the specific type of pancreatitis:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic abscess
  • Pancreatic pseudocyst

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chills
  • Clammy skin
  • Fatty stools
  • Fever
  • Mild jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting

Exams and Tests

Tests that may be performed include:

  • Abdominal x-rays
  • Abdominal ultrasound or CT scans
  • Blood and urine tests

See the specific types of pancreatitis for more information.

Treatment

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Outlook (Prognosis)

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

Possible Complications

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have persistent abdominal pain or jaundice, with or without other symptoms.

Prevention

See the specific types of pancreatitis.

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