5 Pancreatitis Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

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Pseudocysts

Pancreatitis may also lead to the development of a pancreatic pseudocyst. A cyst is generally thought of as a large sac or lump filled with fluids that develop on the skin—they can also form internally as well, as in ovarian cysts. However, pseudocysts lack the characteristic lining or wall that define cysts.

While still referred to as a “sac,” pseudocysts are generally more of a cavity that fill up over time. Although more common following an episode of acute pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocysts can also occur with chronic pancreatitis. A pocket forms and fills up with a collection of blood, pancreatic tissue, pancreatic enzymes, or other fluids. This is a result of damage to the ducts of the pancreas thanks to the inflammation caused by pancreatitis. 

 

Symptoms of a pseudocyst are roughly identical to that of pancreatitis—a swollen abdomen, combined with abdominal pain that can be felt spreading around to the back. It becomes difficult to eat or drink with a pseudocyst, as this can increase the discomfort.  

Pancreatic pseudocysts are especially dangerous because they can rupture. This can lead to internal bleeding and serious infection. Signs of infection are often similar to the signs of pancreatitis, which can make it difficult to tell if something more is going on or if the same issue is simply continuing to be a problem. If the symptoms of pancreatitis get worse, or additional symptoms—such as vomiting blood, fever, dizziness or fainting, or a change in your heartbeat—develop, see your doctor immediately. 

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