Pancreatitis

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Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large organ behind the stomach that produces digestive enzymes and a number of hormones[1].

There are two main types, acute pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis. Signs and symptoms of pancreatitis include pain in the upper abdomen, nausea and vomiting.[2] The pain often goes into the back and is usually severe.

The most common causes of acute pancreatitis are gallstones and heavy alcohol use.[2]

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  1. "Symptoms of pancreatitis: signs, where it hurts, how to treat".
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Pancreatitis". niddk.nih.gov. August 16, 2012. Archived from the original on 7 March 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.