What is Acute Pancreatitis?

Acute Pancreatitis is a disorder where the pancreas gets swollen over a small time period.

The pancreas is a small organ situated behind the stomach. It secretes a strong digestive enzyme directly into your small intestine to allow food to digest.

What are the types of Pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis: Infection of pancreas over small time period.  

Chronic pancreatitis: It is a long-standing infection of the pancreas that changes the organ’s general shape and features.

What Causes Acute Pancreatitis?

  • Gallstones (these are tiny stones, normally made of fat which form in the gallbladder.
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • Infection (mums)
  • Different medicines
  • Abdominal trauma
  • Structural irregularities

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis?

  • Upper stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Reduction food cravings
  • High temperature
  • Chills
  • Tonsillitis
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea

What are the treatments and remedies to cure Acute Pancreatitis?

  • Fasting: You should prevent consuming for some days in the medical center in order to allow your pancreas to recover.
  • You may possibly need other tests to assist the intensity of your situation and estimate your chances of growing major problems. This includes; Ultrasounds scan, CT scan and MRI which attain pictures of your pancreas
  • Suffering from it can lead you a problem of dehydration therefore fluids are given through a tube called intravenous or “IV” fluid.
  • You might require antibiotics if you have an inflammation in the pancreas.
  • Treatment for alcohol addiction
  • It usually causes extreme stomachache you might require} painkillers.

What happens if you don’t get the treatment for your Acute Pancreatitis?

  • If is untreated it may eventually turn into chronic pancreatitis where your pancreases get permanent damage.
  • Pseudo cyst – sacs of fluid called pseudo cysts which form on the area of the pancreas causing indigestion and dull tummy pain.
  • Pancreatic infection
  • When problems occurred it can rapidly scatter into the blood resulting in other organ failures.

When to Consult the Doctor?

If you have chronic abdominal pain, it is time to consult the GP immediately.

You can check online to find doctors in your area.