Pancreatitis is a disease caused by inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a digestive gland located in your abdomen that produces and releases enzymes into the intestine to aid digestion, as well as hormones like insulin to help maintain blood sugar levels.

Facts About Pancreatitis

  • Pancreatitis can be acute (occurring suddenly and potentially life threatening) or chronic (developing over time).
  • Causes of pancreatitis include gallstones, alcohol abuse, and some medications.
  • Symptoms of pancreatitis include abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Pancreatitis is diagnosed through a medical exam, patient interview, and various laboratory tests.
  • Pancreatitis is treated by hospitalization, medication, restriction of food intake, and on occasion surgery.
  • Future occurrence of pancreatitis can be prevented, depending on the cause, by treatment for alcohol abuse, removing the gall bladder, and adding or changing medication.