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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.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last Revised September 27, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 27, 2012
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