Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. Normally, enzymes released by the pancreas become active when they reach the small intestine, but when the pancreas is inflamed, the enzymes inside the pancreas attack and damage the tissues that produce them.

Pancreatitis is serious and can lead to complications.

Acute pancreatitis usually requires hospitalization, and will resolve in a few days with treatment. Patients will be advised not to smoke, drink alcohol, or eat fatty foods. Sometimes more tests are needed to determine the cause of pancreatitis.

If narrowing of the pancreatic or bile ducts is suspected, a specialized technique called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is used to view and inspect the pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts.


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What causes pancreatitis?

Medications, alcohol abuse, abdominal surgery, cystic fibrosis, obesity, high blood triglycerides, gallstones, infection, abdominal injury, high calcium levels in the blood, and pancreatic cancer can all lead to pancreatitis. In general, heavy alcohol use, cigarette smoking, obesity, and family history can increase your risk of pancreatitis.


What are the dangers of pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis can lead to a range of complications. It may cause malnutrition and weight loss, and it can increase your risk of diabetes if it damages the cells that produce insulin. Other problems associated with pancreatitis include kidney failure, as well as breathing problems and dangerously low oxygen levels. Pancreatitis can also cause a pseudocyst to form, which can lead to internal bleeding and infection if it ruptures. Infection from pancreatitis is serious and may require surgery. Chronic pancreatitis leads to long term inflammation, which increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.


How is pancreatitis treated?

If you have ongoing abdominal pain, it is important to contact your doctor to determine if you need treatment for pancreatitis. If pain is so severe that you cannot get comfortable, you should seek immediate medical care. Initial treatment in the hospital will likely involve fasting to allow your pancreas to recover. After it has begun to heal, you can consume clear liquids and bland foods and then slowly return to your normal diet. A feeding tube may be necessary if you have continued pain with eating. You will also probably take pain medications and receive intravenous fluids while recovering in the hospital. After symptoms are under control, your medical team will treat the underlying cause of pancreatitis, by removing bile duct blockages, removing the gallbladder, or draining fluid from the pancreas. If your pancreatitis is linked to alcohol abuse, treatment for alcoholism may be warranted.


Common Symptoms

  • “I started to experience stomach pain right after eating, and my belly was tender to the touch. The pain was pretty severe and radiated to my back.”
  • “I had upper abdominal pain, as well as a fever accompanied by nausea and vomiting.”
  • “I had ongoing stomach pain, and I was losing weight without dieting. It turns out that I had chronic pancreatitis.”

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Sante D. Bologna MD, FACP

M. Emin Donat MD, FRCPC

Freeha Khan MD

Partha S. Nandi

Leonard G. Quallich III MD

Jack Tocco DO

John R. Weber MD

Richard T. Wille MD

Tusar Desai MD

Aalia Saeed, MD


What happens during my first visit?
If you are a new patient, you can expect to have a complete physical exam. You will also be asked detailed questions about your current problems and your past medical history, your current medications, allergies, your family history and other pertinent medical information. If you are taking medications, please bring a completed medical history form with you to your appointment. Once the physician has reviewed your medical information and completed the physical examination, a plan of care will be developed. You may need to be seen again in the office, be referred back to your family physician for follow-up care, or require additional testing. If additional tests are needed, we will assist you in scheduling these tests.
What if I need to schedule an endoscopic procedure?

An endoscopic procedure allows the physician to visualize a part of your gastrointestinal tract with a special instrument called an endoscope. If your family physician has ordered testing, you will be contacted by telephone by one of our staff members. If a physician orders testing and you are in the office, the procedure can generally be scheduled during the course of your visit. You will be given a date, time, and location for the test, as well as written instructions telling you how to prepare for the test. If you have any questions about the procedure, please feel free to ask one of our staff members or the physician.

How do I get test results?

We ask that you wait 10 to 14 days before contacting us for results. Often results come from several different sources. This information needs to be compiled and reviewed by your physician before you can be appropriately advised. 

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We accept payment from most insurance companies including Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Physicians Health Plan, Cofinity, Sparrow Professional Health Network, Medicaid, McLaren, Health Plus, and several others. Accepted insurances are subject to change at any time without notice.

If your insurance requires an authorization from your primary care physician, you may be asked to assist us in obtaining this authorization.

All patients are responsible for all copays and deductibles at the time of service.

If you have any questions regarding your benefits or insurance coverage, please contact our Billing Department at 248-844-9710.

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To contact your doctor during business hours please call our main number 248-844-9710. If you have an urgent need to speak with the doctor after hours, you will be rerouted to our after hours answering service, and your doctor will be paged. In the case of a medical emergency please proceed directly to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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