Pancreatitis Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Pancreatitis below.

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The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. There will be specific questions about how much alcohol you drink and what medications you take.

Other tests may include:

  • Blood tests-to measure levels of certain digestive enzymes and check for biliary obstruction and complications of pancreatitis (eg, diabetes, Kidney Failure , infection)
  • Abdominal ultrasound or abdominal CT scan -to look for Gallstones and determine the extent of pancreatic inflammation
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)-a radiology test ( MRI ) that looks at the pancreas, pancreatic duct, and nearby bile ducts
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) -a lighted instrument passed through the mouth and into the pancreatic ducts to examine the damage from pancreatitis and diagnose ailments related to the pancreatic and biliary ducts


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