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Pancreatic Disease

The pancreas is a part of the endocrine system and is the gland that is responsible for regulating insulin and blood glucose levels. It is also responsible for the excretion of the enzymes necessary to digest food properly. Disease of the pancreas is very serious and requires medical attention.

Common Pancreatic Diseases

The pancreas plays an incredibly important role in managing the body’s digestive system. To test for pancreatic diseases, generally, doctors will use blood tests to detect enzyme levels in the bloodstream. Diagnostic imaging and biopsies are also possibilities. Generally, if there is a problem with the pancreas, it is one of the following conditions:


Diabetes is when the pancreas fails to produce the insulin necessary to digest food and manage blood sugars safely. The body’s blood sugar levels start to rise. This is called hyperglycemia. Symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Blurry vision
  • Strong, fruity breath

If you have any of these symptoms, see an endocrinologist immediately.


Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. It is generally identified by abdominal pain, indigestion, and fever. Pancreatitis can be categorized into one of three categories, hereditary, acute and chronic.

Pancreatitis is often treated with fluids and pain medication. If it is severe enough, a patient may be admitted into an ICU to be monitored closely. Chronic pancreatitis has to be treated with nutrition therapy and possibly insulin.

Learn more about Pancreatitis

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is divided into two types of tumors:

  • Exocrine Pancreatic Cancer
  • Endocrine Pancreatic Cancer

Each category has different symptoms, risks, and are diagnosed differently. Exocrine tumors are more common than endocrine, but both present a very important risk.

Symptoms vary in each different type of cancer. Pancreatic cancer generally does not show symptoms in the early stages, which is why it is very important to get screened regularly. People with later-stages of pancreatic cancer may experience pain in the abdomen and lower-middle back, loss of appetite, brown urine, or jaundice.

Learn more about Pancreatic Cancer

Treating Diseases of the Pancreas in Chandler, AZ

If you require surgery for your pancreatic disease, give Agave Surgical Associates a call. We can be reached at (602) 582-5233 or you can schedule an appointment online using our secure form.

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COVID-19 Update

The providers and staff here at Agave Surgical Specialists want you to know that we are here for you.

In efforts to keep our patients safe and healthy during this time, we are offering telemedicine visits for certain diagnosis.  If you are interested in utilizing telemedicine for your visit, please let our friendly staff know at the time you are making your appointment!

Agave Surgical Specialists is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling one of our offices.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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