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What is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is a very serious illness that occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed or infected. The pancreas is a very important organ in the body and is needed for proper digestion of food. It is located in the middle of the chest below the ribs and between the stomach and the small intestine.

 

The pancreas creates insulin, which helps to metabolize blood sugar from the foods that we eat. The pancreas also secretes lipase and amylase, which are enzymes to break down food.

 

Acute pancreatitis can be caused by gallstones, alcohol, certain medications, and serious infections. If the pancreas becomes inflamed, it cannot create the hormones necessary for digestion.

 

People will have severe vomiting, abdominal pain, and become dehydrated very quickly. All cases of pancreatitis must be evaluated very quickly. Otherwise, people have a high risk of hospitalization or death.

 

Your doctor will order lab work, begin IV fluids for rehydration, prescribe pain medicines, and possibly antibiotics. It can take several weeks to fully recover from a severe attack of pancreatitis.

 

If you develop any symptoms of severe abdominal pain or have questions about pancreatitis, talk with your doctor today. West Oaks urgent care is open seven days a week to help you diagnose this condition.

 

http://www.WestOaksUrgentCare.net

Tel: (281) 496-4948

2150 Hwy 6 South

Houston, TX 77077

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