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.
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPeter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
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