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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.
MRI is both safe and accurate for diagnosing pregnant women with acute pain in the abdomen and pelvis

MRI is both safe and accurate for diagnosing pregnant women with acute pain in the abdomen and pelvis

Consumption of alcohol the risk of several common cancers

Consumption of alcohol the risk of several common cancers

New IBM technology could bring the promise of personalized medicine one step closer

New IBM technology could bring the promise of personalized medicine one step closer

UK Rates of acute pancreatitis have doubled over the past 30 years

UK Rates of acute pancreatitis have doubled over the past 30 years

FDA requires pancreatic extract manufacturers to get approval to remain on the market

FDA requires pancreatic extract manufacturers to get approval to remain on the market

AMT Obtains Orphan Drug Designation for Its LPL Gene Therapy Product

AMT Obtains Orphan Drug Designation for Its LPL Gene Therapy Product