Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large organ behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes and a number of hormones. There... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Gastroenterology, general surgery
  • Symptoms:  Pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, fever, fatty stool
  • Duration:  Short or long term
  • Causes:  Gallstones, heavy alcohol use, direct trauma, certain medications, mumps
  • Risk factors:  Smoking
  • Diagnostic method:  Based on symptoms, blood amylase or lipase
  • Treatment:  Intravenous fluids, pain medication, antibiotics
  • Frequency:  8.9 million (2015)
  • Deaths:  132,700 (2015)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo