Pancreatic Disorders: Chronic Pancreatitis & Tumours
Pancreatic Disorders: Chronic Pancreatitis & Tumours Aug 19, 2012
Disorders Of The Pancreas The Pancreas is located at the rear of the abdomen and is necessary for production of various hormones and its digestive enzymes. Among the important hormones secreted is Insulin. The Digestive enzymes it secretes are essential for digestion of carbohydrates, proteins and fat. In some people, the pancreas may become inflamed, giving rise to a condition known as ‘Pancreatitis’. Improper functioning of Pancreas can lead to disorders such as Diabetes, Malabsorption. Chronic Pancreatic Symptoms Symptoms such as Abdominal Pain which is intermittent and persistent. This can be of two types; one is persistent mid abdominal pain which varies in intensity. In the other type there is intermittent flare ups (bout or attacks of pain). This pain is severe and lasts for several hours a day. As the disease slowly destroys the enzyme producing cells, symptoms may arise such as:-
- Weight Loss
- Symptoms of Diabetes: Frequent urination and tiredness
- Bulky smelling stools (steatorrhea)
- Blood Tests: To check the levels of blood sugar and enzymes such as lipase and amylase.
- Computed Tomography: CT scan reveals the changes in the pancreas.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A special MRI called MRCP (Magnetic Resonance Cholangio Pancreatography) which shows the structure of pancreas more clearly than a CT.
- Less pain as compared to open surgery
- Preservation of healthy pancreatic tissue
- Better cosmetic results as the incisions are very small
- Reduced hospital stay and faster healing post-surgery
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