Gallbladder And Pancreas Disorders
Gallbladder And Pancreas Disorders includes any medical conditions or health complaints that afflict or originate in the Gallbladder or Pancreas. Together, these organs perform many hundreds of essential functions, including the storage and delivery of Bile (a fluid secreted by the Liver), and producing digestive enzymes that help break down proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These organs are essential to digestion, and any loss of function of these organs can cause very serious health consequences.
Included within Gallbladder And Pancreas Disorders are the following conditions:
Gallstones are solid deposits of cholesterol or calcium salts that form in the gallbladder or the bile ducts that connect to the gallbladder. Most people with gallstones do not know that they have them, and they require no treatment. However, in other people, the gallstones can cause severe and intermittent abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, indigestion, and nausea.
Gallstones vary greatly in size and can be as small as a grain of sand, or as large as a golf ball, and you may have anywhere from one to 100’s of them.
Gallstones can cause serious and potentially fatal health complications, if left untreated.
Pancreatic Cysts are cysts in the pancreas that may be benign or malignant. They may be pseudo-cysts because the pockets of digestive fluids aren’t contained by walls of cyst cells but instead the walls are made from pancreas cells. Pancreatic Cysts can cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
Pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition which occurs when digestive enzymes in the pancreas become active and attack the Pancreas itself. Pancreatitis may be acute (appear suddenly and last for several days), or it may chronic (develop gradually and remain for years).
Pancreatitis can cause mild to severe abdominal pain, nausea, fever, and vomiting, and can cause serious health complications. The main causes are believed to be alcohol abuse and untreated gallstones, but there may be other causes.
Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome is a very rare and complex condition in which one or more tumors form in the pancreas or duodenum (the upper part of the Small Intestine). The tumors are called gastrinomas because they secrete large amounts of the hormone gastrin, which in turn causes excessive stomach acid production. This excess acid can cause peptic ulcers.
The main symptoms of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome include burning, aching, gnawing discomfort in the upper abdomen, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, and weight loss.