Pancreatitis, a disease that has recently been linked to the diabetes drug Byetta (exenatide), is difficult to diagnose in its early stages due the similarity many of its symptoms share with other medical conditions. The disease occurs when normally inactive enzymes inside the pancreas become active and attack the gland, resulting in a situation that can lead to full-blown pancreatic cancer. This article discusses a number of different Byetta pancreatitis tests and diagnosis methods in use by medical professionals today.
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What tests are used to diagnose pancreatitis?
- Blood tests – Performed to look for elevated levels of pancreatic enzymes.
- Stool tests – To measure levels of fat that could suggest the patient’s digestive system isn’t processing food the right way.
- Computerized tomography (CT) scan – Test used to look for gallstones and determine the amount of damage to the pancreas.
- Abdominal ultrasound – To asses inflammation levels in the pancreas.
- Endoscopic ultrasound – To look for pancreatic and bile duct inflammation and blockages.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – To identify problems with the gallbladder, pancreas, and bile ducts.
Doctors may recommend other procedures in addition to these pancreatic tests and diagnosis methods for individuals suffering from Byetta pancreatitis.
Click here to learn more about Byetta pancreatitis tests and diagnosis from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC).
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