Complete Care for Pancreatitis is Available at Advanced Gastro Center
Overview of Pancreatitis
The pancreas is a digestive organ that also plays a huge role in regulating blood sugar. Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and is caused by dysfunction in this organ. Enzymes and other chemicals sometimes activate inside the pancreas, resulting in irritation and inflammation and leading to pancreatitis.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis
The main symptom of pancreatitis is a severe upper abdominal pain. This pain is often worse after eating. You may also experience fever, a fast heartbeat, nausea, and vomiting. With pancreatitis, your stool may be oily or greasy.
Risk Factors for Pancreatitis
There are several risk factors for pancreatitis including smoking, heavy alcohol use, a family history of pancreatitis, abdominal injury, some medications, and high blood calcium levels. Diabetes may also lead to pancreatitis if blood sugars are uncontrolled.
There are many tools available to New Jersey gastroenterological professionals in the effort to diagnose pancreatitis. These include blood tests and imaging like MRI. At Advanced Gastro Center, we also have a specialized endoscopic ultrasound to better diagnosis inflammation of the pancreas.
Treatment of Pancreatitis
Acute or severe pancreatitis needs to be brought under control. This is typically done with a restricted diet and IV fluids and medications. Once your pancreatitis flare is resolved, our expert gastroenterologists can treat the source of the issue. This sometimes involves surgery or an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedure.
Whatever measures need to be taken, you can rest assured that you’re in excellent hands at New Jersey Advanced Gastro Center. Our gastroenterologists are expertly-trained, board-certified, and have decades of experience. It is our pleasure to provide you with advanced care and relief for your pancreatitis.