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Digestive system
Digestive system


Endocrine glands
Endocrine glands


Pancreatitis, acute - CT scan
Pancreatitis, acute - CT scan


Pancreatitis, chronic - CT scan
Pancreatitis, chronic - CT scan


Pancreas
Pancreas


Pancreatitis - series
Pancreatitis - series


Pancreatitis

Definition:

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon, as well as digestive enzymes that help you digest and absorb food.



Causes, incidence, and risk factors:

For more information, see the specific type of pancreatitis:



Symptoms:

Symptoms may include:



Signs and tests:

Tests that may be performed include:

See the specific types of pancreatitis for more information.



Treatment:

See the specific types of pancreatitis.



Support Groups:



Expectations (prognosis):

See the specific types of pancreatitis.



Complications:

See the specific types of pancreatitis.



Calling your health care provider:

Call your health care provider if you have persistent abdominal pain or jaundice, with or without other symptoms.



Prevention:

See the specific types of pancreatitis.



References:

Banks PA, Freeman ML; Practice Parameters Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. Practice guidelines in acute pancreatitis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Oct;101(10):2379-400.

Frossard JL, Steer ML, Pastor CM. Acute pancreatitis. Lancet. 2008;371:143-152.

Owyang C. Pancreatitis. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 147.




Review Date: 1/20/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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