• Medical Author:
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

  • Medical Editor: Steven Doerr, MD
    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.

Pancreatitis Symptoms

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?

What's Causing Your Abdominal Pain?

Pancreatitis facts

  • 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.
Reviewed on 5/28/2015
REFERENCE: MedscapeReference. Acute Pancreatitis.








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