Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which sits behind the stomach. The pancreas plays an important role in helping you digest foods. Pancreatitis may be caused by gallstones, genetics, infections, injury, certain medications, or heavy alcohol use. Symptoms include pain in the upper belly area, which may spread to the back and get worse after eating, nausea, and vomiting. Pancreatitis is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening complications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how pancreatitis develops, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
The Basics of Pancreatic Cancer
Get the basic facts about pancreatic cancer.
Diagnosing Digestive Diseases with ERCP
WebMD looks at how ERCP (endoscopic retrograde of cholangiopancreatography) can be used to diagnose and treat problems of the digestive system.
The Basics of Endoscopic Ultrasound
WebMD explains when an endoscopic ultrasound should be used to help diagnose problems with the digestive system.
Tests Used to Diagnose Pancreas Problems
Learn more from WebMD about tests used to check pancreas function and diagnose pancreas problems.
How Can Your Diet Soothe Symptoms of EPI?
Smaller meals and anti-diarrhea drugs can ease your stomach problems. What other foods and vitamins can help your EPI?
EPI: When Your Pancreas Causes Problems With Digestion
What exactly does your pancreas do? And what goes wrong when you have EPI?
Symptoms of EPI
Diarrhea, weight loss, and vitamin deficiencies are some of the signs of EPI. What else points to this digestion problem?