When parts of the pancreas die, there’s a possibility of infection, and this is when necrotizing pancreatitis occurs; a condition that erupts due to complications around acute pancreatitis. This can happen when treatments around acute pancreatitis are ineffective, or if the illness is left untreated.
Medical News Today revealed that necrotizing pancreatitis develops when the tissues within the pancreas die because of inflammation; bacteria can also spread into this dead tissue, resulting in infection. The number one symptom around this condition is abdominal pain, whether that be in the front or back of the abdomen, as well as close to the stomach. The pain a patient feels can be described as severe, and can go on for about a week. Other signs and symptoms of this condition include the following:
- Abdominal Swelling
- Rapid Heart Rate
- Low Blood Pressure
Interestingly enough, if necrotizing pancreatitis is left untreated, this can lead to further bacterial infections that result in an illness known as sepsis. This occurs when the body adversely reacts to bacteria within the blood stream, which can potentially cause someone to go into shock.
Sepsis can be life-threatening, as when a body experiences “shock” it decreases the flow of blood to major organs, and can ultimately cause a person permanent or temporary damage, possibly even death.
Additionally, necrotizing pancreatitis sometimes can result in a pancreatic abscess.
Treatment for necrotizing pancreatitis unfolds in two stages. At first, doctors will focus on the pancreatitis condition, and then work on the area of the pancreas that has separately died. Pancreatitis treatments include:
- Pain Relief & Nausea/Vomiting Medicine
- Intravenous (IV)
- Nasogastric Feeding (liquid food tube via the patient’s nose)
Stage two of necrotizing pancreatitis treatments include removing dead tissue from the pancreas, either with surgery or a catheter tube, and antibiotics would be prescribed for any tissue that is infected.
At the end of the day, it is vital to be tuned into the early signs of acute pancreatitis, to avoid the necrotizing pancreatitis condition, as well as potentially sepsis. If you or a friend/family member shows any symptoms of acute pancreatitis, it’s strongly advised to visit your family doctor for a check up. Nipping this condition in the bud can ensure no further complications with the illness, and can keep your body’s health on track.