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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.
Study indicates the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 viral infection and diabetes

Study indicates the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 viral infection and diabetes

Scientists uncover important disease-fighting role for cells in the liver

Scientists uncover important disease-fighting role for cells in the liver

Researchers develop research model to understand the impact of coronavirus on lungs

Researchers develop research model to understand the impact of coronavirus on lungs

Post-mortem study of dead COVID-19 patients finds lung damage and blood clots

Post-mortem study of dead COVID-19 patients finds lung damage and blood clots

UB study validates a novel pharmacological target for Alzheimer’s disease

UB study validates a novel pharmacological target for Alzheimer’s disease

GLP-1-based medicine for diabetic patients does not cause pancreatitis

GLP-1-based medicine for diabetic patients does not cause pancreatitis

Examining the effect of smoking, nicotine and vaping on COVID-19 severity

Examining the effect of smoking, nicotine and vaping on COVID-19 severity

Kidney enzyme renalase a potential therapy for severe COVID-19

Kidney enzyme renalase a potential therapy for severe COVID-19

Fibroblasts of different pancreatic diseases exhibit distinct properties, study reveals

Fibroblasts of different pancreatic diseases exhibit distinct properties, study reveals

Kawasaki disease outbreak in children with COVID-19

Kawasaki disease outbreak in children with COVID-19

Research identifies a disease trigger for pancreatitis

Research identifies a disease trigger for pancreatitis

Clinical trial launched to evaluate experimental COVID-19 therapies

Clinical trial launched to evaluate experimental COVID-19 therapies

Arthritis drug assessed as potential treatment for COVID-19-related pneumonia

Arthritis drug assessed as potential treatment for COVID-19-related pneumonia

Risk prediction model identifies people at higher risk of pancreatic cancer

Risk prediction model identifies people at higher risk of pancreatic cancer

Salk scientists uncover surprising role of tuft cells in pancreatitis

Salk scientists uncover surprising role of tuft cells in pancreatitis

Pancreatitis drug Nafamostat shows promise for coronavirus

Pancreatitis drug Nafamostat shows promise for coronavirus

Obesity linked to pancreatitis, study finds

Obesity linked to pancreatitis, study finds

England reports highest rates of mumps

England reports highest rates of mumps

American women drinking more, and dying much more often, as a result

American women drinking more, and dying much more often, as a result

Loss of stress hormone is a hallmark of pancreatitis, shows study

Loss of stress hormone is a hallmark of pancreatitis, shows study