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Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas which is a gland that provides digestive enzymes such as trypsin as well as the hormones insulin and glucagon.


Symptoms of Pancreatitis

Upper abdominal pain radiating to the back, chills, clammy skin, fatty stools, fever, jaundice, nausea worsened with eating, sweating, weakness, weight loss, and vomiting worsened with eating.

Acute pancreatitis can also lead to paralytic ileus. This can lead to intestinal blockage and its associated symptoms.

Diagnosing Pancreatitis

CT Scan , ultrasound, and blood tests are commonly used to diagnose pancreatitis.

Causes of Pancreatitis in Crohn's Disease

- Acute pancreatitis may be an extraintestinal manifestation of Crohn's Disease, related to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, or be due to Crohn's Disease present in the duodenum or jejunum.[1]
- Pancreatitis may be a side effect of 6-MP, Azathioprine, and corticosteroids such as prednisone.


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