Brisbane Pancreatic Disease Specialist
Diseases of the Pancreas and Biliary Tree
The pancreas is a solid organ in the abdomen that makes hormones (e.g. insulin) and enzymes (e.g. ) that help breakdown food. These substances are either secreted directly into the blood-stream, or join the secretions of the gallbladder, via a tube or duct, which eventually enters into the small intestine.
There are many conditions that can affect the pancreas. Some of these happen quickly (i.e. Acute), whilst others occur slowly (i.e. Chronic). An example of an acute condition is acute pancreatitis, in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, loses much of its function
Pancreatic disease can cause intense symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, sweats, jaundice (yellow tinged skin and eyes) & diarrhoea or it can be virtually silent, until it is fairly advanced.
Like most organs in the body, the pancreas can also be affected by benign and cancerous growths.
Pancreatic diseases are diagnosed through a comprehensive history, physical examination, laboratory testing, imaging tests and advanced endoscopic procedures (e.g. ERCP).
Treatments of pancreatic disease can include, diet & lifestyle changes, specific medications, advanced endoscopic procedures and surgery
Dr Nanda has particular expertise and fellowship training in the assessment and management of pancreatic disease. Call today to arrange an appointment.