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Pancreatitis, acute

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Introduction
Acute pancreatitis is a serious condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed over a short period of time.
Symptoms of acute pancreatitis
The main symptom of acute pancreatitis is a severe, dull pain around the top of your stomach that develops suddenly.
Causes of acute pancreatitis
Most cases of acute pancreatitis are closely linked to gallstones and alcohol consumption, although the exact cause is not always clear.
Diagnosing acute pancreatitis
Due to the risk of serious complications, most cases of acute pancreatitis are diagnosed in hospital.
Treating acute pancreatitis
Although there is no specific treatment for acute pancreatitis, most people get better within a week.
Complications of acute pancreatitis
Although most people with acute pancreatitis recover without experiencing further problems, severe cases can have serious complications.
Preventing acute pancreatitis
As acute pancreatitis is often caused by gallstones and alcohol consumption, a healthy lifestyle can reduce your chances of developing the condition.
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