Peter J. Kahrilas MD


Esophageal Spasm

What is esophageal spasm? Normally, contractions of the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth and the stomach) move food from the mouth to the stomach with a regular, coordinated rhythm. Esophageal spasm means that contractions of the esophagus are irregular, uncoordinated, and sometimes powerful. This condition…

Medicines That Can Cause Pancreatitis

In certain cases, medicines may cause inflammation of the pancreas ( pancreatitis ). These include: Antibiotics. Medicines that suppress the immune system. Medicines used to treat high blood pressure. Aminosalicylates. Diuretics. Corticosteroids. Estrogen. Medicines used to treat diabetes. Valproate. General…

Pancreatic Pseudocyst

A pancreatic pseudocyst is a sac of fluid and tissue around the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ behind the stomach that produces enzymes needed to break down food. It also produces insulin. A pseudocyst can form after inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). It also can occur after injury to the pancreas or after…