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What Increases Your Risk
Several factors can increase your risk of pancreatitis, including:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you have severe belly (abdominal) pain with vomiting that does not go away after a few hours, or mild to moderate pain that does not improve with home treatment after a couple of days. These symptoms may be caused by pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis can be a severe, potentially life-threatening illness. It is not appropriate to take a wait-and-see approach, which is called watchful waiting, if you have severe pain in the upper area of the abdomen that does not go away in a few hours.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat pancreatitis:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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