Gallbladder And Pancreas Diseases

Diseases of the gallbladder and pancreas often give rise to upper abdominal pain which can be severe and radiates to the back. Quite often, however, these diseases are painless and only come to light when a complication such as jaundice sets in. The onset of yellowing of the skin or jaundice, particularly when associated with pale-coloured faeces or dark urine, should prompt urgent investigation by a Gastroenterologist, often by means of scans and/or an endoscopy examination of the bile ducts, called ERCP. Gallstones are the commonest cause, but exclusion of cancer is most important. Patients can rapidly lose weight or develop infection of the bile called cholangitis, with shivering, shaking, fevers or sweats. Alcohol excess is a common cause of inflammation of the pancreas known as pancreatitis and this can be associated with many of the symptoms you have read about in this section. Read more about these conditions in the information sheets below.

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