On Tuesday, Travis Barker, the husband of Kourtney Kardashian, was rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles by ambulance after suffering from an unknown medical issue, TMZ was first to report.
“Barker and Kourtney first showed up at West Hills hospital Tuesday morning for a health issue Travis was experiencing. Apparently, the medical crew at West Hills felt Travis needed additional care, because he was then taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,” the news outlet reported.
According to Page Six, 46-year-old Barker was photographed lying on a stretcher outside of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., while Kourtney Kardashian was seen following on foot.
Alabama Barker then posted on her Instagram story, “Please send you prayers,” after her dad was hospitalized.
On Wednesday, Travis Barker has reportedly hospitalized for pancreatitis, the redness and swelling (inflammation) of the pancreas.
A source close to the family told PEOPLE that it was pancreatitis.
“It was pancreatitis… He was complaining of cramps,” according to the report.
There is still no information regarding Travis’ medical condition.
No official statement has been released yet.
Here’s what we know about Pancreatitis:
According to Hopkins Medicine, the most common causes of pancreatitis include alcohol abuse and lumps of solid material (gallstones) found in the gallbladder. Gallstones block the pancreatic duct so the enzymes can’t get out of the pancreas.
Other causes of pancreatitis include:
- Belly injury or surgery
- High levels of fat particles (triglycerides) in the blood
- Very high levels of calcium in the blood
- Certain medicines, such as estrogens, steroids, and thiazide diuretics
- Infections, such as mumps, hepatitis A or B, or salmonella
- Cystic fibrosis
- A tumor
- Certain genetic defects
- Congenital abnormalities in the pancreas
- Trauma to the pancreas
- Cigarette smoking
Reuters also reported that the new coronavirus may directly target the pancreas, infecting and damaging its insulin-producing cells, according to a new study.
“Nature Metabolism, researchers report that lab and autopsy studies show the new coronavirus infects pancreas cells involved in these processes and changes their shape, disturbs their genes, and impairs their function.”
Few cases of pancreatitis have been also reported after receiving Covid vaccines.
“Two cases of acute pancreatitis after COVID-19 mRNA vaccine have been reported. Both cases were women who had developed pancreatitis within a few days after the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine,” according to a study posted in NIH website.
“A 71-year-old woman was presented to the hospital with upper abdominal pain and vomiting. She had no history of alcohol consumption, pancreatitis, or allergic reactions to vaccines. She had received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine 2 days prior to her current presentation. Laboratory tests revealed elevated serum pancreatic enzymes. An abdominal computed tomography scan showed diffuse enlargement of the pancreas with fat stranding extending to below the kidneys bilaterally.”
The study concluded that “acute pancreatitis can develop shortly after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination.”
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