Overview of the Pancreatic Diseases Program
Pancreatic diseases and related disorders are on
the rise in the Middle East. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Pancreatic Diseases
Program offers multidisciplinary treatments that put Patients First. Our
treatments incorporate the latest research to ease symptoms and improve quality
of life for patients diagnosed with pancreatic disease.
What we treat
As part of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s
Digestive Disease Institute, the Pancreatic Diseases Program is made up of a
multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists dedicated to providing
high quality care to patients.
The most common pancreatic diseases include:
- Acute and chronic pancreatitis: A condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, activating digestive enzymes that begin to attack the pancreas and damage its tissue. This can sometimes lead to bleeding in the pancreas. The condition can be either acute (also known as sudden onset) or chronic (also known as recurring or long lasting).
- Pancreatic cysts: Closed sacs that contain fluid located in the pancreas.
- Pancreatic cancer: Cancer of the pancreas that can be benign (noncancerous) or, in more serious cases, malignant (cancerous).
Diagnosis & treatment
At the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland
Clinic Abu Dhabi, our team of specialists are highly trained in a variety of
procedures for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of disorders of the
Diagnosis of Pancreatic Disease
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s multidisciplinary
team at the Pancreatic Diseases Program offers patients a wide range of
diagnostic techniques and treatments to suit their specific needs. Following an
initial consultation, the patient and doctor will discuss treatment options
The testing methods used to diagnose patients
will depend on their symptoms, but could include a range of blood tests or
imaging studies. Other tests include:
- Pancreatic function test: A blood test that measures the degree of inflammation of the pancreas. In addition, a stool test can be orderd to measure the digestive function of the pancreas
- Fasting glucose: A blood test that determines the amount of glucose in the blood to detect either prediabetes or diabetes.
- Ultrasound: An imaginig test that uses sound waves to produce images of the internal organs.
- CT scan: An imaging test used to diagnose cancer and pancreatitis.
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): A test that combines endoscopy and fluoroscopy techniques. During the procedure, a thin tube with a camera attached to the end is inserted through the mouth, past the stomach, and into the duodenum. A dye is then released into this area (pancreatic duct or the biliary duct) to make it possible to visually identify affected areas.
- Esophagogastroduodenoscopy with ultrasound (EUS): A test that involves inserting a thin tube with an ultrasound probe attached to the end through the mouth and down into the stomach. This device produces ultrasound images of the organs of the biliary and pancreatic system.
Treatment of pancreatic disease
Following examination, testing, and discussion with the physician, each patient will be prescribed a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific diagnosis. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi make every effort to treat patients conservatively in order to avoid surgery, when possible.
Pancreatic Diseases Program caregivers
The Pancreatic Diseases Program’s comprehensive,
multidisciplinary approach unites consultants from across many departments at
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Caregivers involved in patient care for The Pancreatic Diseases
- Pancreatic surgeons
- Pain management physicians
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