Pancreas and biliary diseases affect hundreds of thousands of Americans. According to the Pancreas Foundation, approximately 220,000 Americans are diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, and more than 80,000 are diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis every year. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to other medical problems, and ultimately destroy the pancreas.
Pancreatic cancer ranks as the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and it is expected to become the number one cause in 2030
One of the greatest challenges with pancreatic and biliary diseases is that they can be difficult to diagnose, particularly with such a wide range of symptoms – including abdominal pain, weight loss, diarrhea, bloating and jaundice. An early, accurate diagnosis is critical for successful treatment.
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the following pancreatic and biliary diseases:
§ Acute pancreatitis (and recurrent)
§ Chronic pancreatitis
§ Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency
§ Chronic abdominal pain
§ Cystic fibrosis (in coordination with SLUCare Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)
§ Pancreatic lesions, including cystic lesions
§ Pancreatic cancer
§ Diseases of the gall bladder including gallstones
§ Biliary tract diseases, including biliary anomalies, strictures, lithiasis and sphincter of Oddi dysfunction
§ Post-liver transplant biliary tract disorders
We offer advanced screening options, including:
§ Direct pancreatic hormonal functional testing to diagnose early chronic pancreatitis
§ Advanced, non-invasive, secretin-enhanced MRI and MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
§ Endoscopic ultrasound
§ Biliary and pancreatic manometry to diagnose sphincter of Oddi dysfunction
§ Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) for endoscopic management of patients with different types of pancreatic and biliary disorders
For more information about Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases at SLU Hospital or to make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call (314) 577-6000.
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