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Januvia Pancreatitis Diagnosis & Tests

Januvia Pancreatitis Diagnosis & Tests

Pancreatitis is usually diagnosed with a blood test to look for elevated levels of digestive enzymes that leak out of the pancreas when it is damaged. Other medical tests are usually necessary to find the cause of the illness, see how far it has progressed, and check for complications.

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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Januvia induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Overview

Doctors may suspect a diagnosis of pancreatitis in patients with symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, weight-loss, or indigestion. ). They patient may need to undergo extensive medical tests. If Januvia is believe to be causing pancreatitis, the patient will probably need to switch to another diabetes medication. Additional medical tests may focus on evaluating the extent of inflammation and tissue damage, rather than looking for another cause (like gallstones).

How is Pancreatitis Diagnosed?

  • Blood tests: These are used to look for elevated levels of digestive enzymes in the body (amylase and lipase). These enzymes are released when the pancreas is damaged. A blood test can also be used to look for abnormal levels of blood-sugar, glucose, calcium, potassium, etc.
  • Abdominal ultrasound: This is a non-invasive test is used to look for inflammation in the pancreas. It uses sound waves emitted from a special wand called a transducer. A doctor moves the transducer over the patient’s abdomen, and the sound-waves create a picture of the pancreas.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound: This test creates an image of the pancreas with a device called an endoscope with a small ultrasound emitter attached to the end. The endoscope is passed down the patient’s throat and into the stomach, near the pancreas, where it creates a detailed image of the pancreas.
  • CT Scan (computerized tomography): This test uses X-rays to create a 3-D image of the abdomen and pancreas.
  • MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): This test uses magnetic waves to create a 3-D image of the body. The patient may also be injected with contrast dye to make tissues and organs stand our more clearly.

Early Diagnosis Improves Prognosis

The earlier pancreatitis is diagnosed and treated, the better the long-term outlook. If the disease persists for more than 4 weeks, there is a more than 70% chance that it will cause tissue death (necrosis) and a 10-15% chance of death. For more information about pancreatitis diagnosis from the American Academy of Family Physicians, click here.

More Information About Pancreatitis

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