In acute pancreatitits the pain appears suddenly and is consecutive to meals with high levels of fats and alcohol, it appears at those known with gallstones. Its location is in the upper part of the abdomen. It’s an atrocious pain and is followed by shock, vomiting food and bile.
In chronic pancreatitis, the pain has the same location, lower intensity, appears after meal and it didn’t disappears after pain medication.
In pancreatic cancer, initially, the pain is absent or insignificant. It’s often confused with ulcer pain or gall disorders.
2. Pancreatic Dyspepsia (digestion problems).
There are present appetitte problems, anorexia (no appetite) selective for bread and sweets, vomiting, hypersalivation, total anorexia in advanced stages.
Dyspepsia with gas , flatulence, belching.
Transit disorders with diarhee small episodes, soft, pasty, yellow stools.
- fast and progressive weight loss in pancreatic cancer and in chronic pancreatitis;
- muscular cramps;
Bibliography: 1. Braunwald's Heart Disease; 2. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine; 3. European Society of Cardiology - Clinical Practice Guidelines.