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Pancreatitis is a painful digestive disorder that affects your pancreas, the gland responsible for producing digestive juices (enzymes) and hormones that regulate blood sugar. It occurs when enzymes, intended to help you digest food, start digesting your pancreas instead. Your belly might swell on the upper left side, where your pancreas sits. Pancreatitis can be deadly if left untreated.

Symptoms may vary, depending on the type of pancreatitis you have:

  • Acute (sudden): may come and go quickly within a few days, with treatment
  • Chronic (long-lasting, slow to develop): an ongoing condition that gets worse over time
  • Familial (hereditary): An inherited form of pancreatitis that is passed down in families
  • Usually, symptoms of family pancreatitis begin at a young age, and the condition progresses to chronic pancreatitis

Typical signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Fluid buildup in your belly
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Severe stomachache that may spread to your back or chest (it may feel worse after you eat)
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Swelling and feeling sore or tender in your upper belly or abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)

In addition to the symptoms above, chronic pancreatitis signs and symptoms also include:

  • Losing weight without trying
  • Oily, smelly stools (steatorrhea)

Why Choose UHealth?

A motility lab for accurate diagnosis of GI conditions. The only facility of its kind in South Florida, our motility lab enables our GI specialists to provide accurate diagnoses of GI conditions more quickly and efficiently. We offer a variety of leading-edge services, such as hydrogen breath testing, anal-rectal manometry, and bio-feedback.

A broad array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Regardless of your age, condition, or whether you need long- or short-term digestive treatments, you will receive the most accurate diagnosis and most effective treatment to keep your stomach, digestive system, and organs healthy.

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  • Intravenous (IV) Fluids

    You may need intravenous fluids to help replenish vital fluids in the body that were lost due to pancreatitis.

  • Antibiotic Medications

    If you have an infection, your GI doctor will likely prescribe antibiotic medication.

  • Pain Medicines

    You may need medication to help control your pain related to pancreatitis.

  • Diet Modifications

    You may need to go on a temporary fasting diet, with clear liquids only or at least a low-fat diet. You may need to take enzymes to improve your digestion. Depending on the severity of your pancreatitis, you may need a feeding tube.

  • Surgery

    Depending on the cause of your pancreatitis, you may need a procedure to remove bile duct obstructions, or gallbladder or pancreas surgery.

  • Lifestyle Modification

    If your pancreatitis is alcohol-induced, you will need to undergo treatment for alcohol dependence.




  • Blood test

    A blood test can check for elevated levels of pancreatic enzymes.

  • Stool test

    If you have chronic pancreatitis, a stool test can measure levels of fat that could suggest your digestive system isn't absorbing nutrients adequately.

  • Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan

    A CT scan can check for gallstones, and assess the extent of pancreas inflammation.

  • Abdominal Ultrasound

    An ultrasound of the abdomen can check for gallstones, and assess the extent of pancreas inflammation.

  • Endoscopic Ultrasound

    This test can look for inflammation and blockages in the pancreatic duct or bile duct.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    An MRI can look for abnormalities in the gallbladder, pancreas, and ducts.

  • Abdominal X-ray

    An X-ray allows your doctor to closely inspect your internal tissues, bones, and organs.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • Doctor's Healthcare Plan
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • Florida Community Care (FCC)
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care