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Pancreatitis

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is inflammation of your pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that makes insulin. It also makes enzymes (digestive juices) that help your body digest food. Pancreatitis may be an acute (short-term) problem that happens only once. It may become a chronic (long-term) problem that comes and goes over time.

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What causes pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is usually caused by alcohol or gallstones. Less common causes are certain medicines, an injury to the abdomen, some procedures, and infections. High levels of triglycerides (fats) and calcium may also cause pancreatitis.

What are the signs and symptoms of pancreatitis?

How is pancreatitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. You may need any of the following:

How is pancreatitis treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your pancreatitis. You may need to stay in the hospital for treatment and more tests.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I call my doctor?

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