Inflammation of the pancreas is known a pancreatitis. This medical condition can be caused due to impacted gall stones, or alcohol binges with fatty food consumption, especially in obese or overweight individuals. Normally, pancreatic juices which are secreted into the lumen of the intestines help in digestion of food without harming either the pancreas or the intestines. In pancreatitis, because of inflammation, these digestive juices cause auto-digestion of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis is a serious condition which may result in infection, peritonitis, abdominal rupture and septicemia. Chronic and recurrent pancreatitis results in cyst formation, and later on, scarring with permanent damage and loss of function.
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