Pancreas Failure

The pancreas is an approximately 6 inch organ that sits below and behind the stomach.  Pressed perpendicularly across the spine, the dual gland organ connects to the duodenum at the pancreatic head. the pancreas plays vital roles in two major body functions.

As an endocrine gland, the pancreas is responsible for the production of glucagon and insulin.  In its exocrine gland function, the organ produces pancreatic juices which contain enzymes necessary for breaking down partially digested foods in the intestines.  Both jobs of the pancreas are extremely important for good health.

While humans can live without the use of a pancreas, serious illness is consequential to pancreatic failure or removal.

Common conditions resulting from loss of pancreatic function:

  • Diabetes: when the pancreas completely shuts down, diabetes is imminent. pancreatic failure may occur in two different ways.  If the pancreas halts production of insulin hormones, the body cannot properly convert sugars into the more acceptable substance of glycogen.  In the exact opposite situation, the pancreas may produce too much insulin.  In this case, sugar levels become highly inadequate for life sustenance.
  • Pancreatitis: a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, usually due to irritants such as gall stones or tumors.  While inflammation caused by these sources may be short lived, recurrent inflammation can cause serious deterioration of the pancreas.  Enzymes used by the pancreas will turn on the organ and destroy pancreatic tissues.

Evidences of pancreatic failure

Both of the conditions discussed above are life threatening illnesses that need to be addressed immediately.  The following is a list of common symptoms for the disorders and they should not be dismissed lightly.

Diabetes: diabetics are divided into two groups; type 1 and type 2. Each one has some common symptoms and some that differ.  The american diabetes association lists the following:

Type 1

  • abnormal thirstiness
  • recurrent urination
  • excessive weight loss
  • intense hunger
  • severe irritability or exhaustion

Type 2

  • any or all of the type 1 symptoms
  • repeated infections
  • blurred vision
  • slow to heal cuts and bruises
  • numbness or tingling of the feet and hands

Pancreatitis: As with diabetes, this condition has two sub-categories of classification; acute and chronic.  This is a list of symptoms given by the mayo clinic according to each category of pancreatitis:


  • nausea and vomiting
  • abdominal pain that radiates towards the back, feels worse after eating, or is relieved by curling into a fetal position
  • upper abdominal pain or tenderness to the touch


  • indigestion
  • upper abdominal pain
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusually smelly, oily stools

If an individual experiences any of the symptoms for either disease, it is imperative that a doctor’s advice be attained.  Fatalities will occur if these conditions are not promptly and properly treated. There are several treatment options depending on the type and stage of each disease.

Most treatments center on rest, stabilization, and maintenance through medications.  There are instances, however; that partial or complete surgical removal of the pancreas becomes necessary. In such cases, enzyme replacements and insulin injections are often needed.

5 thoughts on “Pancreas Failure

  1. sir/mam
    i want to know what is pancreas normal rate doctor says its high in168 or 180 . this is the swallowing or any thing else what type of cure do you suggest me.

  2. I would humbly say thank to the resarchers and house at large for the greate work done. I would actualy say thanks ones again for i am one of those diabetic patints type 1. Mine is just to congratulate the doctors for their greate work. Thank you.

  3. Hey, over the passed few years, I’ve been experiencing these symptoms to the T. I’ve had to be hospitalized once a month on average. The doctors all kept telling me I had Cyclic Vomiting Disorder. They kept telling me I was in there for my own good, and it was all my fault, while they kept prodding violently at my stomach. They blamed the whole thing on my smoking marijuana occasionally. Turns out though, that I’m in full blown Pancreotic and gal bladder failure. The Doctors also repeatedly harassed me accusing me of being a Heroin Addict, and only going in there to get my fix. As if I would seriously pay $3500 every time I needed to get high and be harassed by pretentious retards who couldn’t diagnose deadly organ failure if it was happening in their own body. I want nothing more than to sue the living shit out of that asshole…

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