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What is pancreatitis?

Oksana Logunova
Oksana Logunova
March 14, 2013
What is pancreatitis?

In recent years, the number of patients with pancreatitis has increased, and the age of patients has decreased markedly, and the number of women who have been diagnosed with this has increased. Consider what pancreatitis is and what causes it.


Pancreatitis develops when the pancreas fails, when it stops producing enzymes and collapses under the influence of its own juice, which leads to an inflammatory process, because toxic elements are released into the bloodstream and cause damage to all organs. This is facilitated by:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cholelithiasis
  • 12 duodenal ulcer disease
  • Poisoning
  • Injuries
  • Infectious diseases, including hepatitis B, C
  • Increased blood cholesterol
  • As a result of the development of diabetes
  • Genetic predisposition

Pancreatitis is distinguished by the nature of the flow (acute and chronic) and by the extent of the lesion of the pancreas.

Signs of

The main symptom of pancreatitis is a sharp pain in the upper abdomen. It can appear immediately after a person has drunk a cold carbonated drink, or 2 hours after a heavy meal, or 24 hours after drinking a lot of alcohol. Pain may be brief or last up to 4 hours. Accompanied with pain is nausea, vomiting, lowering blood pressure and an increase in body temperature.

Now you know what chronic pancreatitis is.


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