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10 Diseases Similar to Pancreatitis

Kimberly Love

There are a lot of diseases, which act like pancreatitis does but on other organs in the abdominal area and outside of it. There are also medial problems given a differential diagnosis to pancreatitis because it has similar symptoms, and it is in the same area.

  1. Cholecystitis

Cholecystitis is one of the most common differential diagnosis cases for pancreatitis. Despite being similar to pancreatitis, cholecystitis involves the gallbladder, and the illness occurs when the gallbladder becomes inflamed just as pancreatitis occurs when the the pancreas is inflamed. Although individuals suffering from gallstones, they lack the symptoms of cholecystitis and probably won’t develop it, The most prevalent reason cholecystitis develops is from the cystic duct getting blocked with gallstones, which is a process called cholelithiais. Next, the blockage goes through a process, which builds up pressure and frequent infection. Finally, it results in severe inflammatory pain in the abdomen like pancreatitis.

  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, also know as IBS, is a functioning stomach condition know for abdominal pain and noticeable bathroom habits change. The abdominal pain and altered bowel habits are the first indicators of why acute pancreatitis is given IBS as a differential diagnosis. IBS lacks a specific and singular organic pathology, but there’s been documentation of microscopic inflammation in a small percentage of patients. Inflammation in the stomach area is another differential diagnosis contributing factor because of pancreatitis pain being caused by the same thing. IBS pain tends to vary. It is in the whole abdomen, but it’s more on the left.

  1. Cholangitis

Cholangitis is a differential diagnosis and infection of the biliary tract, which many well known and lesser ones do, but this infection may cause major morbidity and death. A lot patients with serious or lethal levels of cholangitis probably will not respond to a course of powerful antibiotics, and patients with severe toxic or cholangitis will definitely not respond, and the only option would require their biliary tract be drained in an emergency procedure. Jean Charcot acknowledged the infection in 1877 when he described a trio symptoms. Fever, jaundice and pain in his right upper abdomen. Reynolds pentad was an added, deadly condition in 1959.

  1. Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial Infarction, which most people know as a heart attack, happens when blood ceases to flow to a section of the heart. It can happen to anyone, but there are certain people who are at higher risk. Smokers, drinkers, substance abusers and people with poor diets experience them at much higher rates. The top sign of a heart attack is squeezing, pressure tightness and a feeling of swelling like severe inflammation across the chest and left arm. There have been rare abnormalities in Electrocardiographics where a heart attack looks like pancreatitis due to patients also presenting abdominal pain and raised pancreatic enzymes.

  1. Pancreatic Pseudocysts

Pancreatic pseudocysts arrive only weeks after pancreatitis. The most pronounced and painful symptoms are almost identical to standard pancreatitis instead of painful sacs filled up with enzyme fluid accumulations, which are full of a pancreatic enzymes, especially amylase. The other enzymes form an unhealthy wall consisting of granulated and fibrous tissue. When pancreatic pseudocysts materialize, it’s usually weeks after the onset of an acute pancreatitis case. The common pseudocyst symptoms naturally share a lot of similarities with pancreatitis. Although rare, some cases of this pancreatic affliction will cause an onset of jaundice and even sepsis, which may result in death.

  1. Acute Mesenteric Ischemia

Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is a dangerous conditions, which causes extreme pain in the abdomen, and it may eventually be fatal if it works its way up to the heart. The initial symptoms in the abdomen often lead to it initially being thought as pancreatitis. The condition is due to the mesenteric vessels not getting enough blood flow through them, which results in something called an ischemia, and this happens when there is not enough blood flow to parts of the body and organs. Eventually the bowel wall becomes gangrenous too. If non occlusive mesenteric ischemia is present simultaneously with acute pancreatitis, then the severity level is even higher.

  1. Acute Respiratory Distress

Acute respiratory distress is not a disease one would think of similar or related to pancreatitis, but it does if it is present with pancreatitis. Since around the time of the first World War, there have been very few syndromes, infections and diseases tied to acute respiratory distress syndrome, and one of the most common conditions is pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis can be made much worse if acute respiratory distress in happening in conjunction. The inflammation in the abdomen people with acute pancreatitis have becomes much worse because proper levels of oxygen in the blood are not reaching the pancreas, and this results in the inflammation spreading.

  1. Bacterial Pneumonia

Bacterial pneumonia is is like having pancreatitis in the lungs. It can infect one or both of the lungs, including spreading from one to the other. Like pancreatitis affects sections of the pancreas and pain in certain quadrants of the abdomen, bacterial pneumonia may settle into one section of the lung and cause the majority of its pain and discomfort there, but, like pancreatitis again, it can invade the entire lung or both. The bacteria in the pneumonia creates the pain by causing inflammation in the lung sacs and it fills the sacs with cellular junk, pus and other fluids.

  1. Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is a generic term for a bunch of different issues, which are located and cause discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract. Gastroenteritis is the term used the most for unexplained diarrhea, but it is often attended by nausea, regurgitation and inflamed abdominal pain. There is no official medical term for diarrhea, despite people often describing their stools as such. Doctors will center their own definitions on the consistency, frequency, and water content of a stool sample if they require one. If a stool sample is taken, then diarrhea can probably be determined if it takes the shape of the container it’s in.

  1. Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is a gastrointestinal issue, specifically of the liver. It results in inflammation and damage caused by the specific strain of viral hepatitis the patient has, and there are many strains of hepatitis. Like pancreatitis, viral hepatitis will first show up in an acute form and may later present as chronic. There are five unrelated hepatitis viruses. Each of the five forms present their own unique challenges for treatment and symptoms. There is hep a, hep b, hep c, hep d, and hep e. According to the CDC, hep c is the most destructive to the liver, but it is now curable.

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