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Severe Symptoms

More severe symptoms of pancreatitis may include:
 
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Fatty stools
  • Diabetes
  • Heart, lung, or kidney failure
  • Loss of life.
     
People with chronic pancreatitis symptoms often lose weight, even when their appetite and eating habits are normal. The weight loss occurs because the body does not secrete enough pancreatic enzymes to break down food, so nutrients are not absorbed normally. Poor digestion leads to excretion of fat, protein, and sugar into the stool.
 
If the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (islet cells) have been damaged, diabetes may also develop at this stage.
 

Symptoms of Pancreatitis: Summary

These possible symptoms of pancreatitis are not sure pancreatitis signs. Other health problems can also cause these symptoms. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible. Only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
 
(Click Acute Pancreatitis Symptoms or Chronic Pancreatitis Symptoms for more information about the symptoms of pancreatitis.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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