Complications of Pancreatitis

An important organ in the digestive system, the pancreas is 6 to 8 inches in length and situated behind the stomach. The pancreas produces enzymes that aid in the digestion of food as well as hormones that help regulate blood sugar levels.

When the pancreas is injured, pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, can develop. Sometimes this can cause a blockage in the pancreatic ducts (drainage tube) that carry the enzymes, resulting in the formation of a pseudocyst, or fluid-filled cavity. More severe cases can result in necrotizing pancreatitis, in which a cavity develops either inside or outside of the pancreas and is filled with both liquid and solid material, known as necrotic debris.

The Orlando Health Digestive Health Institute’s team of specialists offers patients advanced care, with leading-edge procedures to heal the pancreas and provide relief from symptoms of pancreatitis, such as abdominal pain.