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What are symptoms of acute pancreatitis?
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The most common symptom of acute pancreatitis is pain. Almost everybody with acute pancreatitis experiences pain.
People with acute pancreatitis usually feel very sick. Besides pain, people may have other symptoms and signs.
In very severe cases with infection or bleeding, a person may become dehydrated and have low blood pressure, in addition to the following symptoms:
If the blood pressure becomes extremely low, the organs of the body do not get enough blood to carry out their normal functions. This very dangerous condition is called circulatory shock and is referred to simply as shock.
Severe acute pancreatitis is a medical emergency.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2015
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The pancreas is a gland located in the upper, posterior abdomen and is responsible for insulin production (endocrine pancreas) and the manufacture and secretion of digestive enzymes (exocrine pancreas) leading to carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism.