Pancreatitis in Arizona
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What is pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis is a condition that develops when the pancreas becomes inflamed and is hindered from performing its normal duties. Located in the abdomen, the pancreas aids in the digestive process. It excretes potent digestive enzymes into the small intestine to help digest food. The pancreas also emits insulin and glucagon into the blood, which help the body to regulate how it metabolizes sugar for fuel.
Pancreatitis may develop in a couple of different forms. The acute type of pancreatitis describes the abrupt, short-term inflammation of the pancreas. The majority of cases of acute pancreatitis completely resolve with proper treatment. Chronic pancreatitis generally develops slowly and can be longer-term. Cases of chronic pancreatitis are often connected to heavy alcohol intake.
Our gastroenterology specialists proudly offer pancreatitis treatment in Phoenix, AZ. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, skilled care is available through Arizona Digestive Health.
What causes pancreatitis?
The condition of pancreatitis develops when the digestive proteins called enzymes are generated prematurely and start to attack and aggravate the pancreas. The leading causes of pancreatitis are as follows:
- High amounts of triglyceride in the blood
- Family history of pancreatitis
- Cigarette use
- Pancreatic cancer
- Alcohol intake
- Autoimmune conditions
- Cystic fibrosis
- Abdominal injuries
- Certain medications
- Metabolic conditions
- Abdominal surgery
- High calcium levels
- Overactive parathyroid gland
What are the symptoms of pancreatitis?
There are several symptoms that could occur if the pancreas becomes swollen. The main signs and symptoms of pancreatitis are:
- Abdominal swelling or tenderness
- Oily, smelly stools
- Upper abdominal pain that extends to your back, particularly after eating
- Pain in the upper abdomen
- Increased heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
Should you experience these symptoms or are in need of treatment for pancreatitis in Phoenix, AZ, please call our GI practice promptly.
How is pancreatitis treated?
Treatment protocols for acute pancreatitis commonly include fasting to rest the pancreas, pain medications, and intravenous (IV) fluids. When pancreatitis is more severe, surgery might be necessary to get rid of the necrotic or damaged areas if an infection arises. When acute cases of pancreatitis is due to gallstones, pancreatitis may be addressed by surgical removal of the gallbladder. Our skilled team at Arizona Digestive Health can suggest the ideal treatment option.
Treatment protocols for chronic pancreatitis may encompass:
- A diet low in fat
- Pancreas surgery
- Procedures to address bile duct obstructions
- Dietary changes – usually low fat
- Treatment for alcohol addition
- Administration of enzymes to improve digestion
- Avoid alcohol consumption
- Smoking cessation
Specialists in pancreatic treatment
Should you or someone you love experience pancreatitis, it is important to get treatment from an experienced gastroenterologist. Regardless of whether your pancreatitis is acute or chronic, the gastroenterologists at Arizona Digestive Health can help you get the individualized care you seek. We are committed to delivering patient-focused compassion while adhering to the highest standard of clinical care. To meet with a gastrointestinal physician offering pancreatic care in Phoenix, AZ, contact our team today.
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