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Signs & Symptoms Gastroenterology

Acute Pancreatitis
Signs and Symptoms

Acute pancreatitis usually begins with a sharp, severe pain in the upper abdomen that may last for a few hours or a few days.

Symptoms include:

  • Constant pain in the upper abdomen, in the back and other areas
  • Pain may be sudden and intense or may begin as a mild pain that is aggravated by eating and drinking
  • Elevated pulse
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swollen and tender abdomen

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.