Pancreas Disease

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Diseases affecting your pancreas like pancreatitis can cause abdominal pain, swelling, other serious abdominal issues, and even whole-body problems. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, an experienced team of gastroenterology specialists is ready to help with pancreas diseases of all types. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Pancreas Disease Q & A

What is Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is a disease-causing inflammation and other problems in your pancreas. The types of pancreatitis include:

  • Acute Pancreatitis: Acute pancreatitis is a short-term inflammation of the pancreas that comes and goes. It can cause severe pain that lasts for up to a few days at a time. This condition is often caused by gallstones, but can also be triggered by chronic drinking, high blood lipids, hormone irregularities, and more.
  • Chronic Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive condition in which your pancreas is gradually destroyed over time. It's often tied to alcoholism. Some chronic pancreatitis sufferers develop Type 2 diabetes because their pancreas is completely destroyed and unable to make insulin in advanced stages of the disease.
  • Genetic Pancreatitis: In rare cases, pancreatitis can be genetic. Cystic fibrosis, an inherited condition, is a common cause of pancreatitis. Genetic pancreatitis begins as acute but can then become chronic. 

All types of pancreatitis are serious and require treatment to prevent more serious health consequences.

What is Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency?

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is a condition in which you don’t produce enough exocrine pancreatic enzymes. This interferes with digestion and can cause a range of gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, stomach pain, greasy stools, and unintended weight loss. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency often develops in chronic pancreatitis sufferers.

What is Pancreatic Cancer?

Pancreatic cancer accounts for around 3% of all cancers today. Jaundice is often the only obvious symptom, and many patients have no symptoms in the early stages of pancreatic cancer. 

If the cancer is found early, survival chances can be excellent with a pancreatic resection.

When Should I See a Doctor for Pancreas Disease?

If you have abdominal symptoms that don’t go away quickly, schedule an appointment with your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor as soon as possible so you can be evaluated for pancreas disease.

The symptoms of pancreas disease can include:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Upper abdominal swelling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Unwanted weight loss
  • Depression
  • New-onset Type 2 diabetes
  • Jaundice

The Illinois Gastroenterology Group physicians are specialists in pancreas disease and all other gastrointestinal conditions. Use the online booking tool or call for your appointment now.