The main symptom of pancreatitis is abdominal pain felt in the upper left side or middle of the abdomen.
People with acute pancreatitis often look ill and have a fever, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease include:
The doctor will perform a physical exam, which may show that you have:
Laboratory tests will be done. Tests that show the release of pancreatic enzymes include:
Other blood tests that can help diagnose pancreatitis or its complications include:
Imaging tests that can show inflammation of the pancreas include:
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