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Pancreas Diseases


Pancreas play an essential role in digestion of food in our body. The primary function of pancreas is to provide pancreatic juice that are basically enzymes that help in breaking down sugar, fats and starch present in the food. Another function of the pancreas is to help in regulating and processing sugar. There are several pancreatic diseases that affect its function and cause several other complications that require treatment. There are few diseases and disorders that affect pancreas such as pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, hereditary pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatitis is basically a condition that is associated with inflammation of the pancreas. The acute pancreatitis is a condition in which it appears suddenly and lasts for a few days. While chronic pancreatitis is a condition that is more advanced and it may even last for several years. Individuals suffering from this type of condition usually suffer from a lot of pain and have complications that could be life threatening.

Symptoms:

The warning signs on symptoms for pancreatitis usually vary depending upon the type of pancreatitis the individual is suffering from. Some of the common symptoms of pancreatitis may include as

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate or pulse
  • Fever
  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Tenderness in abdomen
  • Abdominal pain that radiates to back
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Blood in stool
  • Oily or smelly stool
  • Excruciating stomach ache

Cause:

Pancreatitis may occur due to various reasons such as scar tissue that forms in pancreas may lead to loss of function, malnutrition, damage to pancreas, inflammation of pancreas etc. It is also seen that people who have a family history of having pancreatitis are at greater risk of having it. Some other condition that may lead to pancreatitis may include:

  • Gallstones
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Overactive parathyroid gland
  • Trauma
  • Reaction to certain medicines

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer usually begins in the tissue of the pancreas. It may be classified into cancerous and noncancerous based upon the nature of the tumor present. There are certain conditions in which the pancreatic cancer spreads to other parts of the body; this is also known as metastasis of cancer. Diagnosis of pancreatic cancer in the early stages is always beneficial as it can be cured easily. But in cases where it is diagnosed later on when the cancer is spread to other organs in such cases the treatment options are limited and the survival rates are also minimum. Usually surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy of your treatment options available in such conditions.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer vary from person to person depending upon the size of the tumor, spread of tumor and the stage of cancer. Common symptoms for pancreatic cancer maybe

  • Abdominal pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excruciating abdominal pain
  • Dark colored urine
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blood clots
  • Abnormal colored stools
  • Disruptive bowel movement

Cause:

The cause of pancreatic cancer is not known but according to various doctors there may be several risk factors that are associated with pancreatic cancer. Excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking and inherited genetic mutations are few of the probable reasons for pancreatic cancer. We have a specialized department which is fully equipped with state of art technology, high-tech diagnostic machines and treatment facilities. Also, we have one of the best teams of gastroenterologists, oncologists, physicians, doctors, surgeons and health care professionals who have experience in treating pancreatic diseases and cancer.