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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.
Gene therapy offers promising approach to tackle pancreatic cancer

Gene therapy offers promising approach to tackle pancreatic cancer

Levels of protein CA 19-9 in blood predicts pancreatic cancer outcome after surgery

Levels of protein CA 19-9 in blood predicts pancreatic cancer outcome after surgery

Eurand files NDA for Zentase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Eurand files NDA for Zentase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

Groundbreaking robotic pancreatectomy

Groundbreaking robotic pancreatectomy

Scientists discover way to distinguish pancreatic cancer from non-cancerous tissue

Scientists discover way to distinguish pancreatic cancer from non-cancerous tissue

Expression pattern of microRNA may be useful in differentiating between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

Expression pattern of microRNA may be useful in differentiating between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer

Biomarker discovery bodes well for better cancer diagnostics

Biomarker discovery bodes well for better cancer diagnostics

Early stage pancreatic cancer expresses antigen targeted by Immunomedics' PAM4 antibody

Early stage pancreatic cancer expresses antigen targeted by Immunomedics' PAM4 antibody

Link between common lifestyle factors, immune system and cancer

Link between common lifestyle factors, immune system and cancer

FDA expands use of Oncaspar to include treating children and adults with newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia

FDA expands use of Oncaspar to include treating children and adults with newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy as an indicator of liver and biliary diseases

Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy as an indicator of liver and biliary diseases

Link between alcohol abuse and dependence with medical conditions in two American Indian reservation communities

Link between alcohol abuse and dependence with medical conditions in two American Indian reservation communities

Coffee reduces risk of alcohol-induced pancreatitis

Coffee reduces risk of alcohol-induced pancreatitis

Liverpool scientists discover how coffee can reduce the risk of alcohol-induced pancreatitis

Liverpool scientists discover how coffee can reduce the risk of alcohol-induced pancreatitis

Patients checking into a top rated hospital have a 27 percent lower chance of mortality

Patients checking into a top rated hospital have a 27 percent lower chance of mortality

Alarming deaths of Tamiflu patients - FDA to investigate

Alarming deaths of Tamiflu patients - FDA to investigate

Women with defects in lipoprotein metabolism may actually be able to bear children without complications

Women with defects in lipoprotein metabolism may actually be able to bear children without complications

Study shows cystic fibrosis gene mutation a risk factor for young-onset pancreatic cancer disease

Study shows cystic fibrosis gene mutation a risk factor for young-onset pancreatic cancer disease

Liverpool scientists have found a way of identifying families at high risk of pancreatic cancer

Liverpool scientists have found a way of identifying families at high risk of pancreatic cancer

3D gradient-echo MRI examinations useful in detecting most lethal of all major cancers

3D gradient-echo MRI examinations useful in detecting most lethal of all major cancers