Causes & Symptoms of Pancreatitis?
What Causes Pancreatitis?
In most cases, acute pancreatitis is caused by gallstones or heavy alcohol use. Other causes include medications, infections, trauma,metabolic disorders, and surgery.
What Are the Symptoms of Pancreatitis?
Symptoms of acute pancreatitis:
- Upper abdominal pain that radiates into the back. It may be aggravated by eating, especially foods high in fat.
- Swollen and tender abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis:
The symptoms of chronic pancreatitis are similar to those of acute pancreatitis. Patients frequently feel constant pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back. In some patients, the pain may be disabling. Other symptoms are weight loss caused by poor absorption (malabsorption) of food. This malabsorption happens because the gland is not releasing enough enzymes to break down food. Also, diabetesmay develop if the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are damaged.