Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, the long, flat gland between the small intestine and spleen that secretes enzymes to digest food and secretes insulin and glucagon. When inflamed, the enzymes become active and attack the pancreas. Pancreatitis can be an acute or chronic condition that may cause symptoms such as: Pain in the upper abdomen Chest pain Nausea and vomiting Fever Rapid pulse Dehydration Pancreatitis is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors, but heavy alcohol consumption is a leading cause of both acute and chronic cases. Treatment for this condition is important because if untreated, it can lead to infection, respiratory failure, diabetes and shock. Common treatment options include hospitalization, alcohol abuse treatment, pain relief, enzyme therapy and diet changes.
Pancreatitis can be an acute or chronic condition that may cause symptoms such as: