Diagnosis - Gastroenterology

Pancreatitis

The pancreas is an organ that lies horizontally behind the lower stomach. It carries out the dual roles of aiding digestion by secreting digestive enzymes and regulating blood sugar levels by releasing the hormone insulin. A condition known as pancreatitis arises when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Pancreatitis can arise as an acute or chronic illness. In acute pancreatitis, the condition arises suddenly and lasts for a matter of days. Symptoms of acute pancreatitis may include severe pain in the upper abdomen that sometimes gets worse after eating, a tender abdomen, fever, nausea and vomiting. Chronic pancreatitis is a long-lasting inflammation of the pancreas that is most commonly caused by years of alcohol abuse. Treatment of pancreatitis depends on the underlying cause but may include surgery, pain management and lifestyle/dietary changes.

Pancreatic inflammation

Pancreatitis is tenderness of the pancreas. The pancreas produces several enzymes to support in the digestion of food, as well as the hormone insulin. Insulin controls the level of sugar in the blood. The pancreas is to be found in the upper abdomen, at the back the stomach. When the pancreas is inflames, the body is not able to absorb all the nutrients it needs. The Pancreatitis can arise as acute pancreatitis — meaning it appears abruptly and lasts for days. Or pancreatitis can occur as chronic pancreatitis, which describes pancreatitis that occurs over many years. 

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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Peptic ulcers/esophageal ulcers

Peptic ulcers are open sores that occur on the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach or upper small intestine.  Peptic ulcers are very common but they can be successfully treated.  Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of peptic ulcer.  Peptic ulcers may be caused by bacterial infection or certain medications. 

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Hospitals

  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    HELIOS Hospital Siegburg-Bonn

    With 380 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Siegburg is an acute care hospital with two highly-effiecient medical facilities.

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