Introduction: Pancreatitis


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Pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas causing digestive complaints.

Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum. The duodenum is the upper part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body use the glucose it derives from food for energy.

Normally, digestive enzymes do not become active until they reach the small intestine, where they begin digesting food. But if these enzymes become active inside the pancreas, they start "digesting" it. 1

Researching symptoms of Pancreatitis: Further information about the symptoms of Pancreatitis is available including a list of symptoms of Pancreatitis, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Pancreatitis, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Pancreatitis: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Pancreatitis, underlying causes of Pancreatitis (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Pancreatitis: Various information is available about treatments available for Pancreatitis, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Pancreatitis: Research more detailed information about the causes of Pancreatitis, other possibly hidden causes of Pancreatitis, or other general information about Pancreatitis.

Statistics and Pancreatitis: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Pancreatitis, prevalence and incidence statistics for Pancreatitis, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Pancreatitis: NIDDK

Last revision: June 5, 2003

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