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The dangers of pancreatitis

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 1:10 pm by Williams Hart    

Pancreatitis, or the inflammation of the pancreas, happens when the digestive enzymes inside your pancreas become activated before being released into the small intestine to aid in digestion. The activated enzymes will then irritate the cells and the tissues of the pancreas, causing the organ to be inflamed.

If pancreatitis is left untreated, serious medical complications may occur. These may include:

  • Infection – The inflamed organ makes it vulnerable to infectious agents
  • Pancreatic cancer – Persistent pancreatitis is considered one of pancreatic cancer’s risk factors
  • Diabetes – Disorders of the pancreas may result in a compromised production of insulin, a hormone important in regulating the levels of sugar in the blood
  • Malnutrition – Pancreatitis may lead to lower production of pancreatic juice necessary in digesting fats, proteins and carbohydrates

Unfortunately, the risk of pancreatitis is higher among individuals who are taking the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. If taking this drug has compromised your health in any way, learn about your options to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer involved. Consult with an attorney at Williams Hart by calling (713) 352-7071 today.

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