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All You Need to Know about Necrotizing Pancreatitis

Necrotizing PancreatitisNecrotizing pancreatitis is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgical intervention. Necrotizing pancreatitis surgery is one of the most difficult surgical procedures many ER surgeons dread.

Acute pancreatitis symptoms resulting from a passage of a gallstone or alcohol abuse sometimes cause a portion of the pancreas to die off and digestive enzymes and insulin to escape into the surrounding areas and tissues. Tissues affected by necrotizing pancreatitis can be potentially develop secondary infection and might require debridement to avoid major health complications. Most of the necrotized, or simply dead tissues, are removed, preserving maximum of the living and functioning tissue.

Top 10 Causes of Inflamed Pancreas

Inflamed PancreasPancreas plays a vital role in the digestive system of the body by producing digestive enzymes and hormones necessary for processing foods so the body can absorb all the nutrients from it. Inflamed pancreas can manifest itself in two forms, acute and chronic.

An acute inflamed pancreas attack can be caused by a trauma episode or a gallstone blocking pancreas passages and preventing pancreatic juices from flowing freely. The gallstone blockage triggers inflammation of the pancreas and surrounding tissues that can even lead to a formation of a pancreatic pseudocyst.

Pancreatic Pseudocyst: Symptoms and Treatment

Pancreatic PseudocystPancreatic pseudocyst is a mass filled with pancreatic fluids and blood inside or outside the pancreas as a result of acute or chronic inflamed pancreas or an abdominal trauma. Inflammation in the pancreas causes damage to the pancreatic tissues and ducts that become blocked resulting in collection of digestive enzymes and hormones that pancreas normally holds to leak out and form a cyst that can be small or larger in its size. Especially large pancreatic pseudocysts almost always require immediate drainage to avoid damage to surrounding organs.

Pancreatic pseudocyst symptoms are presented with sharp or dull abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting and fever sometime after an onset of pancreatic attack, or the symptoms can appear at any time with chronic inflamed pancreas.