Pancreatitis in Ocean Springs, MS

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Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed and is prevented from conducting its primary role. The pancreas is a large gland that assists with the digestive process. The gland emits important digestive enzymes into the small intestine to help process food, and it also emits the hormones insulin and glucagon into the circulatory system. These two hormones help the body to control how it converts glucose for energy.

Pancreatitis may be diagnosed in various forms. Acute pancreatitis is characterized by the abrupt, brief inflammation of the pancreas. In most cases, acute pancreatitis fully resolves with the right type of care. Chronic pancreatitis often arises more gradually and can last much longer. Chronic pancreatitis is typically associated with heavy alcohol intake.

Our gastroenterology providers proudly offer pancreatitis treatment in Ocean Springs, MS. If you or someone you love has pancreatitis, skilled treatment is available through Digestive Health Center.

When pancreatitis develops, the digestive enzymes mentioned above are generated too early and start to attack and aggravate the pancreas. The leading causes of pancreatitis include:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • High amounts of calcium
  • Elevated amounts of triglyceride in the blood
  • Metabolic conditions
  • Cigarette use
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Infection
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Family history of pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Alcohol intake
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Injury or trauma
  • Overactive parathyroid gland
  • Some medications

Symptoms may become apparent if the pancreas becomes swollen. The common signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Pain in the upper abdomen that extends to your back, especially after eating
  • Oily, smelly stools
  • Abdominal swelling or tenderness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Upper abdominal pain

If you notice these symptoms or require treatment for pancreatitis in Ocean Springs, MS, we encourage you to contact our GI team at a location near you as soon as possible.

Treatment options for acute pancreatitis often include pain medications, fasting to rest the pancreas, and intravenous (IV) fluids. When pancreatitis is more advanced, a surgical procedure might be necessary to remove the dead or damaged areas if an infection emerges. If acute pancreatitis results from gallstones, it might be addressed with a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder. Our experienced providers at Digestive Health Center can identify the best approach for treatment.

Treatment for chronic pancreatitis may include:

  • A diet low in fat
  • Insulin use
  • Procedures to address biliary obstructions
  • Administration of enzymes to improve digestion
  • Avoid smoking
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Treatment for alcohol dependence
  • Adjusted diet – typically low fat
  • Stop drinking alcohol
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If you or a family member have pancreatitis, getting treatment from an experienced gastrointestinal specialist is crucial. Whether your pancreatitis is acute or chronic, the GI team at Digestive Health Center can provide the individualized care you need. We are devoted to providing patient-centric compassion while maintaining the greatest standard of clinical care. Contact a local practice today to consult with a gastroenterologist offering pancreatic care in Ocean Springs, MS.

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