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Pancreas symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Pancreas symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had pancreas symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What pancreas symptoms do you have?

    Why: The pancreas has two main functions: the exocrine half helps digestion by producing digestive enzymes, and the endocrine half produces insulin and other hormones for the processing of glucose in the blood. Damage to the digestive side of the pancreas can cause various digestive symptoms and be caused by several types of pancreas damage or disease. Failure of the endocrine pancreas interferes with glucose tolerance and leads to conditions such as diabetes.

  3. What is your age?

    Why: e.g. Type 1 diabetes patients are usually younger and lean, Type 2 diabetes patients are usually older and overweight. Most people with cancer of the pancreas are over 60 years of age. Cystic fibrosis presents in childhood.

  4. Are you pregnant?

    Why: may suggest gestational diabetes.

  5. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. previous impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glycemia test; Aboriginal and Torres strait Islanders aged 35 years and over; certain high risk non- English speaking background groups aged 35 years and over (such as Pacific Islanders, Indian subcontinent, Chinese); people aged 45 years and over who have one of more of the following risk factors including obesity with BMI of greater or equal to 30, high blood pressure or first degree relative with Type 2 diabetes; previous heart attack, angina or stroke; previous gestational diabetes; obese women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Conditions which may cause secondary diabetes mellitus include polycystic ovarian syndrome, cirrhosis, cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, hemochromatosis, pancreatic cancer, Cushing's syndrome, Acromegaly, thyrotoxicosis, phaeochromocytoma, Friedreich's ataxia and myotonic dystrophy; Acute pancreatitis may be caused by chronic alcohol abuse, gallstones, mumps, pancreatic tumors or elevated blood lipids; Chronic pancreatitis is usually caused by chronic alcohol abuse but other causes include elevated calcium in the blood and trauma to the pancreas.

  7. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. pancreatectomy (removal of the pancreas) may cause secondary diabetes; Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) may cause acute pancreatitis.

  8. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause elevated blood sugars such as thiazide diuretics, corticosteroids, estrogens, beta agonist medications; some medications may cause acute pancreatitis including azathioprine, estrogens and corticosteroids.

  9. Cigarette smoking?- cigarette smoking further increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes; excess cigarette smoking in males may increase the risk of chronic pancreatitis
  10. Alcohol history?

    Why: alcohol has many effects on the body, especially if you have diabetes e.g. increases the risk of hypoglycemia, makes diabetic control more difficult, increases weight, worsens peripheral neuropathy, worsen diabetic eye disease, increases blood pressure and blood triglycerides; Chronic alcohol abuse increases risk of acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis; Chronic pancreatitis is a cause of diabetes mellitus.

  11. Family history?

    Why: e.g. type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus, hemochromatosis, cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis.

  12. Obesity?

    Why: Type 2 Diabetes is often associated with truncal obesity. Cushing's syndrome is also associated with truncal obesity.

  13. Fever?

    Why: may suggest acute pancreatitis.

  14. Abdominal pain?

    Why: may suggest acute or chronic pancreatitis, cancer of the pancreas or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

  15. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: Diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes is the most common cause of elevated blood sugars and diabetes-like symptoms e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss (especially in Type 1 Diabetes mellitus), tiredness, fatigue, increased infections especially of the skin and genitals, blurry vision.

  16. Symptoms of complications of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. staphylococcal skin infections, tingling or numbness of the feet, impotence, heart attack, intermittent claudication due to peripheral vascular disease - these complications may be the presenting features of diabetes.

  17. Symptoms of hemochromatosis?

    Why: e.g. fatigue, painful joints, impotence, bronze discoloration of skin. Hemochromatosis may cause secondary Diabetes mellitus.

  18. Symptoms of Acromegaly?

    Why: e.g. coarse oily skin, large tongue, increased teeth spacing, increased shoe size, thick enlarged hands, deepening of voice.

  19. Symptoms of phaeochromocytoma?

    Why: e.g. episodic periods of headache, feelings of fear, palpitations, sweating, nausea, tremor, weight loss.

  20. Symptoms of Cushing's disease

    Why: e.g. muscle wasting, thin skin, stretch marks, truncal obesity, easy bruising, fluid retention, moon-face, poor wound healing.

  21. Symptoms of Conn's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. weakness, frequency of urine, excessive thirst.

  22. Symptoms of acute pancreatitis?

    Why: e.g. sudden onset of severe central upper abdominal pain that may radiate to the back. Usually associated with nausea, vomiting, sweating and weakness.

  23. Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis?

    Why: e.g. central upper abdominal pain radiating into the back. Pain is milder and more persistent than acute pancreatitis. May be associated with reduced appetite, weight loss, steatorrhea (fatty, pale colored, extremely smelly stools that float in the toilet and are difficult to flush away due to excess fat in the stool). Chronic pancreatitis may also cause secondary Diabetes mellitus.

  24. Symptoms of Cystic fibrosis?

    Why: e.g. recurrent chest infections since childhood, blood in sputum, shortness of breath, infertility in males, steatorrhea (fatty, pale colored, extremely smelly stools that float in the toilet and are difficult to flush away due to excess fat in the stool). Cystic fibrosis is a secondary cause of diabetes mellitus.

  25. Symptoms of cancer of the pancreas?

    Why: Symptoms depend on where the cancer is located. Cancer of the head of the pancreas may present with jaundice and weight loss, but usually has little pain. Cancer of the body or tail of the pancreas usually presents with abdominal pain (dull pain that radiates through to the back, relived by sitting forward), reduced appetite, weight loss and diabetes.

  26. Symptoms of Gastrinoma (Zollinger-Ellison syndrome)?

    Why: e.g. symptoms of peptic ulcers including intermittent gnawing or burning-type pain in the epigastrium (midline, under the ribs) which can be located by finger point, pain is worse before meals and relieved by taking antacids or food. Pain may waken the person at night. Diarrhea is also a common feature.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Pancreas symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Pancreas symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Pancreas symptoms:

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