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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.
Salk scientists identify a protein that is critical for preventing pancreatic auto-digestion in mice

Salk scientists identify a protein that is critical for preventing pancreatic auto-digestion in mice

Dog owners' feeding habits and the impact of FDA hygiene protocols on dog food dish contamination

Dog owners' feeding habits and the impact of FDA hygiene protocols on dog food dish contamination

AI model uses electronic health records to identify people at high risk for pancreatic cancer

AI model uses electronic health records to identify people at high risk for pancreatic cancer

Molecular signature of microorganisms in stool samples could predict pancreatic cancer risk

Molecular signature of microorganisms in stool samples could predict pancreatic cancer risk

Screening assays identify TMPRSS2 inhibitors from drug repurposing candidates useful as COVID-19 therapeutic

Screening assays identify TMPRSS2 inhibitors from drug repurposing candidates useful as COVID-19 therapeutic

Roswell Park scientists identify a potential new treatment target for pancreatic cancer

Roswell Park scientists identify a potential new treatment target for pancreatic cancer

Spike-mediated CFTR inhibition accounts for airway inflammation in COVID-19

Spike-mediated CFTR inhibition accounts for airway inflammation in COVID-19

Exploring the potential utility of calcium channel inhibitors in SARS-CoV-2 infection

Exploring the potential utility of calcium channel inhibitors in SARS-CoV-2 infection

Scientific review highlights the impact of coffee on digestive organs

Scientific review highlights the impact of coffee on digestive organs

Researchers engineer enucleated cells to deliver therapeutics precisely to diseased tissues

Researchers engineer enucleated cells to deliver therapeutics precisely to diseased tissues

Salk researchers win $250,000 award to study cellular, molecular drivers of pancreatic cancer

Salk researchers win $250,000 award to study cellular, molecular drivers of pancreatic cancer

Nasal infection drives lethal lung injury due to SARS-CoV-2 in mice

Nasal infection drives lethal lung injury due to SARS-CoV-2 in mice

Potential covalent SARS-CoV-2 spike protein inhibitors

Potential covalent SARS-CoV-2 spike protein inhibitors

New discovery elucidates the link between inflammation and pancreatic cancer development

New discovery elucidates the link between inflammation and pancreatic cancer development

IU researcher uncovers potential new approach for treating pancreatic cancer

IU researcher uncovers potential new approach for treating pancreatic cancer

Study opens up a new approach to incorporating MRI into multisite pancreatic clinical trials

Study opens up a new approach to incorporating MRI into multisite pancreatic clinical trials

Diabetes drug’s new weight loss formula fuels cost-benefit debate

Diabetes drug’s new weight loss formula fuels cost-benefit debate

More popular type of antihypertensive drugs causes slightly more side effects

More popular type of antihypertensive drugs causes slightly more side effects

Two types of blood pressure drugs provide equal benefits, but side effects differ

Two types of blood pressure drugs provide equal benefits, but side effects differ

University of Liverpool signs option agreement with BARD1 for type 3C diabetes test

University of Liverpool signs option agreement with BARD1 for type 3C diabetes test