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Pancreatitis - Symptoms

The main symptom of sudden (acute) pancreatitis is sudden moderate to severe pain in the upper area camera.gif of the belly (abdomen). Sometimes the pain is mild. But the pain may feel as though it bores through the abdomen to the back. Sitting up or leaning forward sometimes makes the pain less. Other symptoms of an attack of pancreatitis are:

Long-term (chronic) pancreatitis also causes severe pain in the upper abdomen.

Other conditions that have similar symptoms include bowel obstruction, appendicitis, cholecystitis, peptic ulcer disease, and diverticulitis.

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Last Updated: October 31, 2011
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