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.
Enlarged Pancreas: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
WebMD looks at possible causes of an enlarged pancreas, including symptoms and treatments.
Symptoms of Pancreatitis
Could you have pancreatitis? WebMD explains the symptoms of both acute and chronic pancreatitis.
Information about the prevention of pancreatitis from WebMD.
What Is a Lipase Test?
Lipase is a protein that helps your body absorb fats. Your doctor can order a lipase blood test to find out how your pancreas is doing.
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?
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?