Acute Pancreatitis::: upper abdominal pain + radiates to the back + nausea + vomiting... acute pancreatitis can be confirmed with biochemical testing only... no imaging is needed... after the tests come back showing elevated amylase and lipase, the next step is pain control with IV meds and IV fluids... THEN do a lipid panel and US to look for the cause of the pancreatitis
Acute pancreatitis: Valuable information for nurses. Journal article citation: Phillips, R. A. (2006). Acute pancreatitis: Inflammation gone wild. Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! 4(5), 18-28. Retrieved from http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/CEArticle?an=00152258-200609000-00006&Journal_ID=417221&Issue_ID=666524
Acute Pancreatitis. Inflammation of the pancreas often linked to alcohol ingestion. Activation of enzymes within the pancreas (the flow having been stopped) causes autodigestion of pancreas and inflammation. Symptoms are boring pain in the LUQ, vomiting, and tender abdomen. Management: aimed at reducing secretions. Food is withheld in order to do so. Fluid management, TPN, and insulin may be used to manage complications.