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What’s Acute Pancreatitis
’First you need to basically understand what the Pancreas is and what function it performs in the body.Pancreas is a digestive organ which is located deep within the abdomen, and lies obliquely behind the stomach and just in front of the spine. It’s a soft sponge like organ that has three major functions namely
Acute Pancreatitis is nothing but a potentially serious inflammation of the pancreas,that can range from a mild self limited disease to a highly complicated and potentially life threatening problem.
Causes of Acute Pancreatitis
The most common causes of acute pancreatitis
Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis
These are the following symptoms associated with an Acute Pancreatitis
Diagnosis of an Acute Pancreatitis
The typical symptoms, along with physical examination and few blood tests can diagnose acute pancreatitis. Your physician would also do other tests to support the diagnosis
Samples of your blood are taken and tested for enzymes like amylase and lipase. These are highly elevated in a case of acute pancreatitis.
This is usually done immediately after admission to detect gallstone disease, which is the most common cause of acute pancreatitis. It will also detect fluid collections associated with the disease.
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
It’s a non invasive procedure, where the patient is lightly sedated and made to lie down in a hollow cylinder like tube and scans are taken of the abdomen.
CT Scan abdomen
Its taken during some stage of admission when the patient is not improving as expected and to assess the extent and severity of pancreatitis.
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