Gallbladder and pancreas

 

Diseases of the gallbladder and pancreas often give rise to upper abdominal pain which can be severe and radiates to the back. Sometimes, 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.

 

Please see the following links for further information:

 

Acute pancreatitis

 

Chronic pancreatitis

 

Gallstones

 

Cholecystitis

 

 

Contact information

 

NHS practice

Gastroenterology department

Musgrove Park Hospital

Taunton

TA1 5DA

01823 344980

 

Private Practice

Somerset Nuffield Hospital

Staplegrove Elm

Taunton  

Phone

Appointments: 01823 286991 

Secretary: 01823 250640 

 

Consultation times

 

Monday 6-7.30 pm

Friday 9-12 am

 

 

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