Acute Pancreatitis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Biliary Colic

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Biliary Colic, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Acute Pancreatitis.

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden, severe illness caused by an inflamed pancreas. This severe inflammation can destroy the pancreatic tissue and causes it to leak pancreatic enzymes into the bloodstream. Symptoms include sudden, severe upper abdominal pain (epigastric pain), nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills and racing of the heart. Acute pancreatitis has a misdiagnosis rate of 43%.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Tenderness when touching the abdomen, abdominal pain that radiates to the back, upper abdominal pain, fever, rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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