Table of Contents
- Pancreatitis facts
- What is pancreatitis?
- What are the causes of pancreatitis?
- What are the signs and symptoms of pancreatitis?
- How is pancreatitis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for pancreatitis?
- Medications for pancreatitis
- Is there a special diet for pancreatitis?
- What are some of the complications of pancreatitis?
- Can pancreatitis be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for pancreatitis?
Changes in Stool Color
Certain persistent changes in stool color are characteristic for specific conditions such as:
- Pale yellow, greasy, foul-smelling stool: malabsorption of fat due to pancreatic insufficiency, as seen with pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease
- Black, foul-smelling stool: intestinal bleeding due to ulcers, tumors;
- Ingestion of iron or bismuth maroon stool: intestinal bleeding due to ulcers, tumors, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis
- Clay-colored stool: lack of bile due to blockage of the main bile duct pale yellow, greasy, foul-smelling stool:
Quick GuideWhat's Causing Your Abdominal Pain?
- About 80,000 cases of pancreatitis occur in the US every year.
- Pancreatitis causes abdominal pain.
- Pancreatitis can be an acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) condition.
- The hallmark symptom of acute pancreatitis is abdominal pain. Other signs and symptoms of acute pancreatitis are:
- Diagnosis of pancreatitis is generally with blood and imaging tests.
- Most cases of acute pancreatitis require hospitalization; however, treatment of chronic pancreatitis may be managed in an outpatient setting.
- Complications of pancreatitis may include:
- Pancreatitis can range from a mild, self-limited disease to a condition with life- threatening complications. Continue Reading
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