Janumet Pancreatitis Diagnosis & Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that Janumet (sitagliptin / metformin), a type-2 diabetes drug, is associated with at least 88 cases of acute pancreatitis. A Janumet pancreatitis diagnosis can be very frightening, because severe forms of this disease can be fatal. Fortunately, with early medical tests and diagnosis, most cases of Janumet pancreatitis can be cured.

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Janumet Pancreatitis Diagnosis

An early Janumet pancreatitis diagnosis is essential for a good long-term outlook (prognosis). Pancreatitis involves inflammation in the pancreas, which must be reduced to prevent bleeding, tissue death, infection, and other serious complications. If inflammation is not reduced for more than four weeks, more than 70% of patients suffer from necrotizing pancreatitis, and there is a 10-15% chance of death.

The hallmark symptoms of acute pancreatitis include:

  • Sudden onset of persistent upper-abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain may radiate to the back
  • Patient may be restless or lean forward to relieve the pain
  • Fever
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Breathing problems
  • And more

If the patient’s medical history includes type-2 diabetes treated with Janumet, these symptoms may suggest a Janumet pancreatitis diagnosis.

Janumet Pancreatitis Tests

No single Janumet pancreatitis test can diagnose this disease. However, one of the most important Janumet pancreatitis tests is a blood test that shows elevated levels of lipase and amylase in the bloodstream. These digestive enzymes are secreted by cells in the pancreas. Many other bio-markers in a blood test can determine the diagnosis and prognosis for Janumet pancreatitis.

Janumet pancreatitis tests will also will also include radiologic imaging to confirm the diagnosis, establish the cause, assess the severity, detect complications, and more. These tests may include:

  • Abdominal ultrasound: This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create a picture of internal organs in the abdomen.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan: Contrast-dye enhanced CT scan is the standard imaging test for diagnosing acute pancreatitis.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): This is not commonly used to diagnose pancreatitis, but it may be used to get a better picture of inflammation, tissue death (necrosis), or fluid accumulations (pseudocysts or abscesses).

Click here to learn more about pancreatitis diagnosis and tests from the American Academy of Family Practitioners.

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