June 30, 2022
The pancreas is a long, flat gland located behind the stomach in the upper abdomen that produces enzymes that help break down food and hormones that control blood sugar levels. When these digestive enzymes are activated while still in the pancreas, they irritate the cells of the pancreas, producing an acute inflammation of the pancreas, which is known as pancreatitis. This time, Dr. Lang Dai Chu, gastroenterologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma, will give us more information.
The main symptoms are:
Risk factors and causes
Among the causes and risk factors that can generate pancreatitis are:
Pancreatitis can cause the following complications:
The treatment consists of hospitalization of the patient so that he can be monitored and thus control all his vital functions (blood pressure, temperature, saturation, respiratory rate and heart rate). On the other hand, you must receive intravenous analgesics and remain without food, either liquid or solid, until the pain subsides.
Dr. Lang Dai Chu
Gastroenterologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma