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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.
Good news for people with glycogen storage disease type Ia

Good news for people with glycogen storage disease type Ia

Combined therapeutic approach of stenting and photodynamic therapy improves survival in late stage liver cancer patients

Combined therapeutic approach of stenting and photodynamic therapy improves survival in late stage liver cancer patients

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided therapy safe for severe gastrointestinal bleeding patients

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided therapy safe for severe gastrointestinal bleeding patients

Probiotics help keep elite athletes fit and well

Probiotics help keep elite athletes fit and well

Early surgical treatment contributes to better outcomes in gallstone pancreatitis cases

Early surgical treatment contributes to better outcomes in gallstone pancreatitis cases

New understanding on alcohol's role in developing alcoholic chronic pancreatitis

New understanding on alcohol's role in developing alcoholic chronic pancreatitis

Gene variants behind pancreatic stone formation

Gene variants behind pancreatic stone formation

Large dose dexamethasone plays important roles in severe acute pancreatitis

Large dose dexamethasone plays important roles in severe acute pancreatitis

Is it pancreatitis in acute abdominal pain in acute viral hepatitis?

Is it pancreatitis in acute abdominal pain in acute viral hepatitis?

Exclusion of common bile duct stones prior to gallstone operations

Exclusion of common bile duct stones prior to gallstone operations

Acute pancreatitis and cholangitis

Acute pancreatitis and cholangitis

Baicalin shows promise for severe acute pancreatitis

Baicalin shows promise for severe acute pancreatitis

New analyses of long-term LIALDA (mesalamine) data presented at ACG

New analyses of long-term LIALDA (mesalamine) data presented at ACG

Mortality rates 71 percent lower at top-rated hospitals

Mortality rates 71 percent lower at top-rated hospitals

A tumor marker Ca 19-9 in diabetics can lead to misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer

A tumor marker Ca 19-9 in diabetics can lead to misdiagnosis of pancreatic cancer

Short-term hemofiltration is cost-effective for severe acute pancreatitis

Short-term hemofiltration is cost-effective for severe acute pancreatitis

New guide on pancreatic cancer

New guide on pancreatic cancer

Improving diagnosis of pancreatic cancer

Improving diagnosis of pancreatic cancer

New detection techniques for pancreatic cancer

New detection techniques for pancreatic cancer

Screening method for pancreatic cancer in asymptomatic patients

Screening method for pancreatic cancer in asymptomatic patients