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Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis

Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis: Introduction

The types and severity of symptoms of acute pancreatitis vary between individuals depending on a variety of factors, such as age, general health, medical history, and the presence of complications. Acute pancreatitis is the result of an inflammation of the pancreas, which causes typical symptoms, such as severe constant abdominal pain, sometimes with back pain. The pain is generally worse with eating or drinking and may be somewhat relieved by sitting up and leaning forward.

Other symptoms may include abdominal swelling, fever, weight loss, pallor, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Serious complications of acute pancreatitis include the development of infections in the pancreas, malabsorption, malnutrition, kidney failure, and pseudocyst. Symptoms of these complications may include lack of urine, fever, weight loss, sepsis, internal hemorrhage, hypotension, and shock.

Acute pancreatitis may also lead to chronic pancreatitis. This disease can lead to other complications, such as pancreatic cancer and diabetes due to the destruction of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin....more about Acute Pancreatitis »

Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Acute Pancreatitis includes the 13 symptoms listed below:

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Acute Pancreatitis: Complications

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Acute Pancreatitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Acute Pancreatitis?

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Article Excerpts About Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis:

Acute pancreatitis usually begins with pain in the upper abdomen that may last for a few days. The pain may be severe and may become constant--just in the abdomen--or it may reach to the back and other areas. It may be sudden and intense or begin as a mild pain that gets worse when food is eaten. Someone with acute pancreatitis often looks and feels very sick. Other symptoms may include

  • swollen and tender abdomen
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • rapid pulse

Severe cases may cause dehydration and low blood pressure. The heart, lungs, or kidneys may fail. If bleeding occurs in the pancreas, shock and sometimes even death follow. (Source: excerpt from Pancreatitis: NIDDK)

Acute Pancreatitis as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis, it is also important to consider Acute Pancreatitis as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Acute Pancreatitis may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis. This signs and symptoms information for Acute Pancreatitis has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Acute Pancreatitis signs or Acute Pancreatitis symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Acute Pancreatitis symptoms.


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