Pancreatitis Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

If you suffer from either acute or chronic pancreatitis, you know that this condition can be painful, and that effective treatment is imperative. The professionals at Digestive Disorders Associates of Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland are experienced in diagnosing, treating and managing this condition. If you would like to explore a specialized plan of care for your pancreatitis, call or book your appointment online today.

Pancreatitis Q & A

What is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is a condition that affects the pancreas, a small organ near your stomach that is responsible for the production of digestive enzymes and the hormones related to your energy metabolism — insulin and glucagon. This condition causes an inflammation of the pancreatic tissues, which causes problems with both digestion and metabolism.


Pancreatitis has two types:


Acute pancreatitis

This is often the result of a blockage of some kind that prevents the flow of digestive fluids. It often comes on suddenly, and it can likely resolve quickly with treatment.

Chronic pancreatitis

This condition is due to long-term inflammation, which results in the development of scar tissue and potential failure of the pancreas.

Both of these types need treatment and management by an experienced health care professional to prevent further damage to your pancreas.

 

What causes pancreatitis?

There are a number of causes for pancreatitis. The underlying cause is important to the prognosis and treatment, and it will determine the best course of action your doctor will take in relieving your symptoms.

Acute or chronic pancreatitis may be caused by:

  • Gallstones
  • Chronic alcohol use
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Genetic disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders

Your doctor is committed to identifying the factors associated with your acute or chronic pancreatitis, to help reduce and treat your symptoms.

 

What are the symptoms of pancreatitis?

When your pancreas is inflamed, you will most likely have symptoms associated with your abdomen. If this is a chronic issue, you may have more severe symptoms as well.

Symptoms of pancreatitis may include:

  • Abdominal pain after eating
  • Pain radiating to your back
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Hiccups
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rapid pulse
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Oily, abnormally foul-smelling stools

If you exhibit these symptoms, your doctor may perform a series of tests to determine the cause and degree of inflammation to your pancreas, including:

  • Blood work
  • Ultrasound
  • CT or MRI

Your doctor and the team at Digestive Disorders Associates will work with you to determine the cause of your condition, and create a specialized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

If you would like expert care for your pancreatitis, call or book your appointment online today.