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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.
Teens and adults experience the same rate of biliary side effects after weight-loss surgery

Teens and adults experience the same rate of biliary side effects after weight-loss surgery

Common things you need to know about pancreatitis

Common things you need to know about pancreatitis

ACG 2019 to review latest scientific advances in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases

ACG 2019 to review latest scientific advances in diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases

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Researchers discover cause of new inherited form of pancreatitis

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Researchers create pain mediator profile for pancreatic diseases

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Could drinking a small amount of alcohol everyday be good for type 2 diabetes?

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Targeted pancreatic cancer drug shows promise in clinical trials

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Researchers test new drug to treat patients with chylomicronemia syndrome

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FDA approves first non-insulin drug for treatment of pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes

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Fibrinogen a key player in health and disease, says new study

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Blocking protein-digesting enzyme may help improve metabolic health

Deletion of ATDC gene prevents development of pancreatic cancer in mice

Deletion of ATDC gene prevents development of pancreatic cancer in mice

New enzyme biomarker test indicates diseases and bacterial contamination

New enzyme biomarker test indicates diseases and bacterial contamination

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New diabetes drugs linked to increased risk of lower-limb amputation and ketoacidosis

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Researchers discover how protein pair regulates cellular calcium signals

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Combination of Opdivo and Yervoy shows four-year survival benefits in patients with advanced melanoma

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Merck presents MK-1454 Phase 1 data for treatment of advanced solid tumors or lymphomas

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Merck presents KEYNOTE-057 trial results for patients with high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer

New pragmatic study launched to understand the effectiveness of new type 2 diabetes drug

New pragmatic study launched to understand the effectiveness of new type 2 diabetes drug

Researchers identify sex-specific genetic risk factor for pancreatic cancer

Researchers identify sex-specific genetic risk factor for pancreatic cancer