Diseases of the Pancreas

Diseases of the Pancreas

The pancreas is located deep in the upper abdomen. It is involved in digestion and produces several hormones that regulate body metabolism, including insulin which controls blood glucose (sugar)  levels.

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas and is commonly caused by excessive alcohol use or gallstones. Pancreatitis presents with pain which can be quite severe. It is usually treated by resting the pancreas but can be managed with certain procedures.

Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer of the pancreas is a malignant growth in the pancreas. This growth may block the ducts draining the liver resulting in jaundice, which causes a person’s eyes and skin to have a yellow color. A gastroenterologist can help manage this by placing stents (tubes) to decompress the blockage.

Please contact our Gastroenterology Specialists for diagnosis and treatment of Pancreatitis or Pancreatic Cancer. To schedule a consultation, call 605.217.5500.