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What tests do doctors use to diagnose pancreatitis?

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Doctors may also use other tests to diagnose pancreatitis, such as:

In more advanced stages of the disease, doctors may use blood, and stool tests to confirm the diagnosis. They may also conduct a gGlucose tolerance test to measure damage to the cells in the pancreas that make insulin

  • Pancreatic function test to find out if the pancreas is making the right amounts of digestive enzymes
  • Ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) scan, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which make images of the pancreas to reveal problems
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) to look at the pancreatic and bile ducts using X-rays
  • Biopsy, which involves a needle inserted into the pancreas to remove a small tissue sample for study

From: What Is Pancreatitis? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/15/2019

SOURCES:

Emedicine. 

National Pancreas Foundation. 

American Gastroenterological Association: ''Contrary to Popular Belief, Not All Cases of Chronic Pancreatitis are Alcohol- Induced.''  

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: ''Pancreatitis.''

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Emedicine. 

National Pancreas Foundation. 

American Gastroenterological Association: ''Contrary to Popular Belief, Not All Cases of Chronic Pancreatitis are Alcohol- Induced.''  

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: ''Pancreatitis.''

 

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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