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Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, an organ in your belly that makes insulin and enzymes that help you digest food. Pancreatitis can cause sudden, severe belly pain. It's usually caused by alcohol abuse or gallstones.

Most people recover fully from pancreatitis.

Last Revised: September 27, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology

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