Acute pancreatitis is usually diagnosed in hospital, where you'll receive treatment and be monitored for any complications.
A doctor will ask you about your symptoms and may feel your tummy – it will be very tender if you have acute pancreatitis.
At first, it can be difficult to tell whether your acute pancreatitis is mild or severe. You'll be monitored closely for signs of serious problems, such as organ failure.
You may have further tests to help determine the severity of your condition and assess your risk of developing more serious complications. These may include: