The NCH Pancreas Care team combines experience - more than an other in Chicagoland - with compassionate, personalized care for pancreatic cancer to provide the best treatment for pancreatic cancer symptoms, pancreatitis, jaundice and diseases of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts.
NCH has become a referral center for these complex procedures due to the expertise of NCH's Gastroenterology Center medical director, Dr. Willis Parsons. Patients diagnosed with conditions that would benefit from surgery, including the Whipple procedure are often referred to Dr. Malcolm Bilimoria.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. The inflammation may be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). The most common causes of pancreatitis are gallstones that block the pancreatic duct, and alcohol abuse, which can lead to blockage of the small pancreatic ductules. The most common symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, fast pulse, feeling ill, fever, swelling in the upper abdomen, dropping blood pressure and severe pain in the upper abdomen.