The first sign of pancreatitis is a digestive disorders. When complaints of frequent diarrhea, bloating or constipation check whether the patient is experiencing pain in the upper abdomen or left upper quadrant. Pain may occur after meals, but may be not associated with food intake.
In detail ask the patient about his condition. Please note, not complaining if he's on weight loss, loss of appetite, occasional bitter taste in the mouth.
Examine the patient, paying particular attention to the presence of dry skin, brittle nails and hair, cracks in the corners of the mouth. These are the signs of pancreatitis can pay attention to the patient. The cause of these symptoms are accompanying pancreatitis, vitamin deficiencies, and iron deficiency.
Palpate the stomach of the patient, paying particular attention to the area above the navel and the left costal margin. The presence of painful sensations at polerowanie in these areas may also indicate pancreatitis.
An important stage of diagnostics of a disease, such as chronic pancreatitis is an analysis of the nature of feces. Monitoring the patient can conduct on their own. The presence of pancreatitis can specify the mushy consistency of the feces, the presence of undigested fragments of food, such as meat fibers, suggesting the insufficiency of the pancreas.
If you have verified the presence of the above signs of pancreatitis, you must get a referral for diagnostic procedures. First of all, it will be an abdominal ultrasound, but even with his help it is impossible to accurately diagnose chronic pancreatitis. Therefore, your doctor may prescribe a blood glucose level of pancreatic enzymes and so on.
Often, this disease is accompanied by impaired carbohydrate metabolism, increased blood sugar levels, the appearance of sugar in the urine, and even hepatitis.