The diagnosis of Victoza-induced pancreatitis can be difficult because routine blood studies may not necessarily show elevations in digestive enzymes. The most important clue to a proper diagnosis of the disease is a comprehensive medical history. This article discusses the various tests doctors use to diagnose Victoza pancreatitis.
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What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Victoza Pancreatitis?
There are a number of diagnostic tests that can be implemented to diagnose Victoza-induced pancreatitis. The process typically begins with a plain film of the abdomen. The finding of pancreatic calcification is indicative of pancreatitis, but often times it is not found. Tests used to confirm the diagnosis may include:
- Ultrasonography – Device that sends high-frequency sound waves into the patient’s abdomen. The echoes that the sound waves produce as they bounce off internal organs creates a picture called a sonogram.
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scan – Involves the use of a large x-ray machine which the patient passes through to produce a detailed picture of the pancreas.
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – Takes x-rays of the common bile duct and the pancreatic ducts. During an ERCP procedure, an endoscope is passed down the throat, through the stomach, and into the small intestine. Dye is then injected into the ducts and x-rays are taken.
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – Test that combines ultrasound (sound waves) with an endoscope. The endoscope is inserted into the stomach and the ultrasound machine directs sound waves at the pancreas.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Involves moving a large x-ray machine around the patient’s body while simultaneously taking pictures. The computer then combines the x-rays to produce detailed images.
Additional tests to diagnose Victoza-induced pancreatitis may include a glucose tolerance test to measure damage to the cells in the pancreas, and a biopsy where tissue is extracted from the pancreas.
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