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Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum—the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive juices, or enzymes, into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct. Pancreatic enzymes join with bile—a liquid produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder—to digest food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body regulate the glucose it takes from food for energy.

Normally, digestive enzymes secreted by the pancreas do not become active until they reach the small intestine. But when the pancreas is inflamed, the enzymes inside it attack and damage the tissues that produce them.

Pancreatitis can be acute or chronic. Either form is serious and can lead to complications. In severe cases, bleeding, infection, and permanent tissue damage may occur.
New approach shows promise to prevent, treat cholesterol gallstone disease

New approach shows promise to prevent, treat cholesterol gallstone disease

Two migration proteins increase predictive ability of biomarker for pancreatic cancer

Two migration proteins increase predictive ability of biomarker for pancreatic cancer

Scientists discover potent trigger of inflammatory disease

Scientists discover potent trigger of inflammatory disease

Researchers uncover how stress hormone prevents digestive enzymes from damaging pancreas

Researchers uncover how stress hormone prevents digestive enzymes from damaging pancreas

Research reveals opposing role for SNAP23 protein in endocrine and exocrine pancreas

Research reveals opposing role for SNAP23 protein in endocrine and exocrine pancreas

Specific milk protein may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power, research reveals

Specific milk protein may help strengthen the body's disease-fighting power, research reveals

Research shows CRAC channel inhibitors decrease lesion size, brain hemorrhage, and neurological deficits in TBI model

Research shows CRAC channel inhibitors decrease lesion size, brain hemorrhage, and neurological deficits in TBI model

Single gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency reduces severity and frequency of pancreatitis

Single gene therapy for lipoprotein lipase deficiency reduces severity and frequency of pancreatitis

Mild to moderate rise in blood fats increases risk of developing acute pancreatitis

Mild to moderate rise in blood fats increases risk of developing acute pancreatitis

New review looks at complexity of fracture epidemiology in diabetes

New review looks at complexity of fracture epidemiology in diabetes

TUM scientists shed new light on metastases in the liver at early stage of pancreatic cancer

TUM scientists shed new light on metastases in the liver at early stage of pancreatic cancer

TUM scientists discover molecular mechanism responsible for liver metastases at early stage

TUM scientists discover molecular mechanism responsible for liver metastases at early stage

Gene therapy for LPLD patients linked to lower frequency and severity of pancreatitis

Gene therapy for LPLD patients linked to lower frequency and severity of pancreatitis

Loyola specialists cure patient’s acute pancreatitis

Loyola specialists cure patient’s acute pancreatitis

First accurate simulation reveals how virus shape changes when invading host cell

First accurate simulation reveals how virus shape changes when invading host cell

New study may help develop effective medication for severe pain

New study may help develop effective medication for severe pain

New AAV 3.0 program to create next-generation viral vectors for better treatment of inherited diseases

New AAV 3.0 program to create next-generation viral vectors for better treatment of inherited diseases

Researchers explore use of miR-192 as clinical marker for pancreatic cancer

Researchers explore use of miR-192 as clinical marker for pancreatic cancer

Duke scientists discover new small-molecule drugs to treat chronic pain

Duke scientists discover new small-molecule drugs to treat chronic pain

Chronic alcohol exposure could negatively impact pancreas' ability to absorb vitamin C

Chronic alcohol exposure could negatively impact pancreas' ability to absorb vitamin C