Pancreatitis is a fairly uncommon disease. Acute pancreatitis is a condition that occurs suddenly. The associated pain is severe but patient recovery after the attack is complete. The attacks are discrete episodes with marked elevations of serum pancreatic enzymes. These indications are evident in the blood and urine tests due to the inflammatory process in the pancreas. Other symptoms observed are nausea, vomiting, respiratory failure, moderate fever and confusion. Alcohol abuse, gallstones, pancreas divisum(a congenital anomaly), microlithiasis and metabolic hypercalcemia and hyperlipidemia are all associated with the causes of acute pancreatitis. The complications of the disease are either systemic or locoregional. Majority of the patients (80%) recover without any sequelae. However, 20% of the patients suffer from severe acute pancreatitis and can develop regional as well as systemic complications.
A common complication of acute pancreatitis
Infected pancreatic necrosis:
These patients are usually very sick and might require multiple procedures. The recent trend is to do a minimal procedure first with the help of the radiologist and when the patient condition becomes better after partial removal of the infection, then do a laparoscopic or any other minimally invasive procedure.
We treat the whole spectrum of complications of acute pancreatitis with total harmony with other specializations like radiology and endoscopy. Our team is well-versed with different minimally invasive procedures for complications of acute pancreatitis.Authored by Dr. Deepak Varma, MBBS, MS (General Surgery)
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