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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.
High triglyceride levels common, often untreated among Americans

High triglyceride levels common, often untreated among Americans

A tipple a day may increase pancreatic cancer risk

A tipple a day may increase pancreatic cancer risk

Discovery of gene involved in pancreatic cancer

Discovery of gene involved in pancreatic cancer

Costs of digestive diseases grown to more than $141 billion a year

Costs of digestive diseases grown to more than $141 billion a year

Top hospitals have 27 percent lower mortality: Annual HealthGrades study

Top hospitals have 27 percent lower mortality: Annual HealthGrades study

Antioxidant supplementation effective in relieving pain in chronic pancreatitis

Antioxidant supplementation effective in relieving pain in chronic pancreatitis

Researchers hunt for new drugs for Leishmaniasis

Researchers hunt for new drugs for Leishmaniasis

Altus Pharmaceuticals reaffirms plan to submit NDA for Trizytek

Altus Pharmaceuticals reaffirms plan to submit NDA for Trizytek

Discovery of possible link between chronic pancreatitis and liver cirrhosis of alcoholic etiology

Discovery of possible link between chronic pancreatitis and liver cirrhosis of alcoholic etiology

Mumps making a comeback in Australia

Mumps making a comeback in Australia

Effectiveness of Mediterranean diet confirmed for chronic disease prevention

Effectiveness of Mediterranean diet confirmed for chronic disease prevention

Pancreatitis link to Gardasil to be investigated by the TGA

Pancreatitis link to Gardasil to be investigated by the TGA

FDA approves first generic divalproex sodium for the treatment of seizures, bipolar disorder and migraine headaches

FDA approves first generic divalproex sodium for the treatment of seizures, bipolar disorder and migraine headaches

Obesity 'hikes up' pancreatic cancer risk in women

Obesity 'hikes up' pancreatic cancer risk in women

Autophagy promotes pancreatitis

Autophagy promotes pancreatitis

Researchers identify biomarkers of early-stage pancreatic cancer in mice and man

Researchers identify biomarkers of early-stage pancreatic cancer in mice and man

Washington Post examines lack of health care for undocumented immigrants in detention centers

Washington Post examines lack of health care for undocumented immigrants in detention centers

Restricted calorie diets prevent pancreatic inflammation and cancer

Restricted calorie diets prevent pancreatic inflammation and cancer

Cancer prevention

Cancer prevention

Middle-age women alerted to link between alcohol and breast cancer

Middle-age women alerted to link between alcohol and breast cancer