Digestive System Disorder


Inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach that release pancreatic amylases and aid in digestion within the small intestine. It also release hormones such as insulin and glucagon to assist with maintaining blood sugar levels. Damage is done to the pancreas when digestive enzymes become active before entering the small intestines and attack the pancreas.


Symptoms includes pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, fever, heart rate, and vomiting, it can be aggravated by eating foods high in fat.


This disorder can be brought about by heavy alcohol consumption, gallstones, surgeries, infections, medications or trauma.


In order to diagnos pancreatitis, doctors use blood tests to see how much amylase and lipase is in the blood. High levels of the enzymes suggest pancreatitis.


Acute - is a single attack and can lead to chronic Pancreitis.

Chronic pancreatitis is long term, incurable pancreatitis.

Acute - IV fluids and medication, put in ICU to ensure damage to other organs is reduced

Chronic - painkillers, pancreatic enzymes and insulin. In some cases surgeries are use to reduce pain.