The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach and pancreatitis occurs when this gland becomes inflamed. Your pancreas helps you digest and absorb food, so patients suffering from pancreatitis often experience symptoms such as weight loss, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. Mild jaundice, sweating, weakness, chills and clammy skin may also be present with pancreatitis. There are various types of pancreatitis, all of which require their own form of treatment.
Acute pancreatitis is defined as the sudden swelling and inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis affects men more often than women and is more likely to develop with certain diseases, surgeries, and unhealthy lifestyle habits, most commonly alcohol abuse.
Chronic pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas is inflamed and it does not heal or improve, or it gets worse over time, and leads to permanent damage. If chronic pancreatitis goes untreated, portions of the pancreas that make insulin can become damaged which may lead to diabetes.
Pancreatic abscess is a type of pancreatitis that occurs when a cavity of pus develops within the pancreas. Pancreatic abscesses usually occur in patients who have previously had pancreatitis.
Pancreatic pseudocyst is the fourth and last type of pancreatitis and is diagnosed when a fluid-filled sac forms in the abdomen. This sac can contain pus, blood, tissue from the pancreas and pancreatic enzymes. These most often develop after an episode of severe, acute pancreatitis.
For specific treatment options, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Saracino to discuss your individual needs.