Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation (swelling and soreness) of the pancreas. There are two main types: acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis.

pancreatitis

Key signs and symptoms

AcuteChronic
Sudden, severe pain in centre of tummyFrequent episodes of tymmy pain
Tummy swellingRecurring Indigestion
Nausea/vomitingRecurring nausea & vomiting
DiarrhoeaWeight loss
IndigestionJaundice
High Temperature- above 37.5 °CLoss of appetite
Jaundice- yellowing of eyes & skinNeeding to urinate often*
Fatigue*
Being thirsty*

*  symptoms of new onset diabetes

Chronic pancreatitis is linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer but the reasons why this is the case are still unclear and research is still ongoing. The symptoms of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer are very similar so should always be investigated to identify the cause as early as possible.

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Information Product № Published 15/10/2019
Last Updated 08/09/2022 Next Review Due 15/10/2022