Necrotizing pancreatitis is a severe form of acute pancreatitis in which there is significant death of pancreatic tissue. With necrotizing pancreatitis, an inflamed pancreas begins to literally destroy itself. Necrotizing pancreatitis is a serious and sometimes fatal medical condition that requires prompt medical attention.  Symptoms of Necrotizing PancreatitisThe most common symptom of necrotizing pancreatitis is pain. Pain associated with necrotizing pancreatitis 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 necrotizing 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 necrotizing pancreatitis often begins or worsens after eating or drinking alcohol.
  • Pain from necrotizing pancreatitis typically lasts a few days.
  • Pain from necrotizing pancreatitis may feel worse when a person lies flat on his or her back.

People with necrotizing pancreatitis usually feel very sick. Besides pain, people with necrotizing 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 necrotizing 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

Necrotizing Pancreatitis & Byetta

Necrotizing 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 necrotizing 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