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Pancreatitis can be described as inflammation of the pancreas. Watch this video and learn what causes this condition.
Transcript: The pancreas is a small organ that sits behind the stomach, close to the small intestine. It is where...
The pancreas is a small organ that sits behind the stomach, close to the small intestine. It is where the blood-sugar-regulating hormone INSULIN is produced and it is an important part of your digestive system. The pancreas releases enzymes that are secreted into the small intestine to help digest food. But when it isn't working properly those enzymes can become active while still in the pancreas, causing inflammation and pain. This is called acute pancreatitis. More than 70 percent of all cases in the United States are related to alcoholism. Other causes include cystic fibrosis, viral infection such as mumps and pneumonia, abdominal surgery and gallstones. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing the condition. Symptoms of acute pancreatitis include abdominal pain-particularly after eating-- and it may radiate to your back. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, and a fever. If the pain becomes severe, you need to go to the emergency room. Repeated bouts of pancreatitis can damage the pancreas and cause scar tissue to disrupt organ function. CHRONIC pancreatitis can trigger sudden weight loss, digestion and breathing problems, and diabetes. Further complications can range from infection and malnutrition to kidney failure and pancreatic cancer. Which is why it is important to get your symptoms checked by a medical professional early on. A doctor can diagnose pancreatitis by measuring levels of the digestive enzymes amylase and lipase in the blood. If those levels are high, chances are it's pancreatitis. Additional tests may be done including, an ultrasound or CT scan. To help lower your risk for pancreatitis, or to help recover from a recent attack, doctors recommend giving up alcohol and smoking, adopting a healthy, low-fat diet and drinking lots of water. For more information on common digestive issues, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-10-18 | Tags »
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Some people are more prone to gallstones than others. Check out the video to find out the details on gallstone causes, symptoms and treatments.
Transcript: Gallstones are hard pebble-shaped balls-as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. 80 percent...
Gallstones are hard pebble-shaped balls-as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball. 80 percent of them are made of cholesterol that is in the gallbladder. The rest are from bilirubin, a yellowish liquid waste product found in the bile - a key digestive fluid that breaks down fat. It is made and released in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. If you have a blood disorder or liver disease, such as cirrhosis, the liver may produce too much of a bilirubin and that can trigger formation of stones. People with diabetes, who are obese, or who have lost weight rapidly are most at risk for gallstones, as are Hispanics and Native Americans. In most cases, gallstones are harmless and you might not even know you have them. But, if one gets lodged in a gallbladder duct -you may get intense pain in the upper right or lower part of your abdomen, in between your shoulder blades or even in your right shoulder. Occasionally an infection may develop, complicating the condition. Gallstone attacks can often strike after eating a fatty meal and can last from anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. If you have this kind of pain, and any combination of jaundice, nausea, or discolored stools, see a doctor right away. Untreated, gallstones that are causing serious chronic symptoms can lead to serious health problems, and sometimes even death. Because gallstone attacks tend to recur, the recommended treatment is usually laparoscopic surgery to remove the gallbladder. In patients with mild symptoms or at high risk of surgical complications there are non-surgical options including oral bile salt therapy to dissolve the stones and others options that are rarely used. If you are otherwise healthy, taking out your gallbladder shouldn't cause any digestion problems. However, there is a small risk of diarrhea or fat malabsorption. To help PREVENT gallstones, try sticking to regular meal times, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating food high in fiber and calcium and low in fat. If you are trying to lose weight, do so slowly, because extreme and rapid weight loss can increase your risk of gallstones. For more on how gallstones are diagnosed and treated, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-11-21 | Tags »
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It is important to know what causes the appendix to get inflamed and how to respond if that happens. Watch this to learn more about appendicitis.
Transcript: We've all seen television episodes where a character suddenly clutches their side and doubles over screaming...
We've all seen television episodes where a character suddenly clutches their side and doubles over screaming in pain, as Dwight Schrute, did in an episode of "The Office." But while it may bring TV laughs, there's nothing funny about appendicitis. The appendix is a mysterious organ 2 to 4 inches long located at the beginning of the large intestine. Until very recently doctors thought it served no particular purpose. However, we now know the appendix sequesters healthful gut bacteria, so that if you're ill and good gut bacteria are flushed out because of diarrhea, for example, the PROTECTED bugs can leave their hiding place and get back into the intestines to help re-establish the correct balance of micro-ogranisms in your system. Appendicitis happens when the opening of the appendix is blocked, by mucus or stool, or because it becomes swollen in response to an infection anywhere in the body. It triggers sharp pain in the lower right side of your abdomen. If this happens to you, do NOT ignore it. Without prompt treatment your appendix can burst and leak infectious matter into the abdomen. This can be life-threatening and can happen in as little as 48 hours after the first signs of trouble, which is why appendicitis is always considered a medical emergency requiring surgery to remove the appendix. Symptoms, such as intestinal pain, are easy to mistake for simple digestive upset - at least at first. If untreated, you can develop more severe pain, usually on your right side, fever, nausea and vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, and bloating and swelling of the abdomen. So whenever you have acute abdominal pain, call a doctor right away. If it's appendicitis but your appendix is still intact, you will likely be prepped for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. If your appendix BURSTS, this is more serious and immediate and more invasive surgery is required to remove the appendix and to clean and disinfect the abdomen. Recovery time can be up to double that of regular appendicitis. To learn about other common digestive disorders, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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