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Pancreatic Stones

  • Biliary and pancreatic stones, also known collectively as gallstones, are small, pebble-like objects formed from hardened fluids from the pancreas or the gallbladder. These stones can get lodged in the ducts that go from those organs to the small intestine.

  • Gallstone pancreatitis occurs when a gallstone blocks your pancreatic duct causing inflammation and pain in your pancreas. Gallstone pancreatitis causes severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and/or jaundice. If untreated, gallstone pancreatitis can cause serious complications.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle or lose weight, if needed. By keeping your body at a healthy weight, you can make your pancreas work better and reduce some risk factors for pancreatitis.

  • Avoid alcohol. Heavy alcohol use is one of the leading causes of both acute and chronic pancreatitis. Don’t smoke.