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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.
Alnara to announce Phase 3 study results of liprotamase for treating cystic fibrosis at the 23rd NACFC

Alnara to announce Phase 3 study results of liprotamase for treating cystic fibrosis at the 23rd NACFC

Safety profiles of JANUVIA and JANUMET drugs established through clinical development program

Safety profiles of JANUVIA and JANUMET drugs established through clinical development program

European CHMP recommends Merck's JANUVIA and JANUMET as add-on to insulin

European CHMP recommends Merck's JANUVIA and JANUMET as add-on to insulin

Merck, QIAGEN to collaborate to increase access to HPV vaccination and HPV DNA testing in developing countries

Merck, QIAGEN to collaborate to increase access to HPV vaccination and HPV DNA testing in developing countries

Interim data from Micromet's T-cell engaging BiTE antibody study for treating solid tumors

Interim data from Micromet's T-cell engaging BiTE antibody study for treating solid tumors

King Pharmaceuticals achieves milestone: Announces commercial availability of EMBEDA

King Pharmaceuticals achieves milestone: Announces commercial availability of EMBEDA

PSC activation mechanisms help develop novel therapeutic approaches for pancreatic fibrosis

PSC activation mechanisms help develop novel therapeutic approaches for pancreatic fibrosis

Study to determine the outcomes and complications of ERCP in a community practice to appear in GIE journal

Study to determine the outcomes and complications of ERCP in a community practice to appear in GIE journal

Merck's GARDASIL receives approval from FDA Advisory Committee

Merck's GARDASIL receives approval from FDA Advisory Committee

InterMune receives $20 million event payment from Roche for initiating the Phase 2b trial of RG7227/ ITMN-191

InterMune receives $20 million event payment from Roche for initiating the Phase 2b trial of RG7227/ ITMN-191

Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics reports 2009 half year financials

Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics reports 2009 half year financials

Study could help target new pancreatitis treatments

Study could help target new pancreatitis treatments

Early detection of pancreatic cancer closer thanks to multifunctional nanoparticles

Early detection of pancreatic cancer closer thanks to multifunctional nanoparticles

Study redefines alcohol and smoking’s role in pancreatitis

Study redefines alcohol and smoking’s role in pancreatitis

Toddler’s mysterious meningitis trumps cancer threat

Toddler’s mysterious meningitis trumps cancer threat

Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics commences preregistration trial for Glybera

Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics commences preregistration trial for Glybera

Study examines radiation dose estimates for pregnant women undergoing therapeutic ERCP

Study examines radiation dose estimates for pregnant women undergoing therapeutic ERCP

Thymoquinone inhibits the development of pancreatic cancer

Thymoquinone inhibits the development of pancreatic cancer

Two or more alcoholic drinks a day may increase pancreatic cancer risk

Two or more alcoholic drinks a day may increase pancreatic cancer risk

Smoking linked to greater risk for pancreatitis

Smoking linked to greater risk for pancreatitis