Pancreatitis means: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The most common causes of pancreatitis are gallstones and alcohol intake. The other causes are medications such as estrogen, thiazides and metronidazole. Pain in the upper abdomen is the most common sign of acute pancreatitis. This pain can last several days. It may feel intense and sudden, but it can also be mild and gradually worsen with eating. It may feel very tender in the abdomen. You may also experience nausea, vomiting and fever. Patients often feel and look very sick. The most common signs of chronic pancreatitis are years of drinking and can cause severe pain, malabsorption, and weight loss. Diabetes may also occur if insulin-producing pancreas cells become damaged.
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