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 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.
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.
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