Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas accompanied by hemorrhages (bleeding) in the substance of the gland. Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is a serious medical condition that can sometimes be fatal and requires prompt medical attention.

Symptoms of Hemorrhagic PancreatitisThe most common symptom of hemorrhagic pancreatitis is pain. The pain may come on suddenly or build up gradually. If the pain begins suddenly, it is typically very severe. If the pain builds up gradually, it starts out mild but may become severe.

  • Pain associated with hemorrhagic pancreatitis is usually centered in the upper middle or upper left part of the belly (abdomen). The pain may feel as if it radiates through to the back.
  • Pain from hemorrhagic pancreatitis often begins or worsens after eating or drinking alcohol.
  • Pain from hemorrhagic pancreatitis typically lasts a few days.
  • Pain from hemorrhagic pancreatitis may feel worse when a person lies flat on his or her back.

People with hemorrhagic pancreatitis usually feel very sick. Besides pain, people with hemorrhagic pancreatitis may have other symptoms including:

  • nausea (some people vomit, but vomiting does not relieve the nausea)
  • fever, chills, or both
  • swollen abdomen which is tender to the touch
  • rapid heartbeat

In very severe cases of hemorrhagic pancreatitis with infection or bleeding, a person may become dehydrated and have low blood pressure, in addition to the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • feeling lightheaded or faint
  • lethargy
  • irritability
  • confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • headache

Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis & Byetta

Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is a potentially life-threatening side effect of Byetta, a type 2 diabetes drug. If you or a loved one took Byetta and developed hemorrhagic pancreatitis, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free and confidential case review.

Published November 17, 2011 by