Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, which sits behind the stomach. The pancreas plays an important role in helping you digest foods. Pancreatitis may be caused by gallstones, genetics, infections, injury, certain medications, or heavy alcohol use. Symptoms include pain in the upper belly area, which may spread to the back and get worse after eating, nausea, and vomiting. Pancreatitis is a serious condition that can lead to life-threatening complications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how pancreatitis develops, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and much more.
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What Is a Lipase Test?
Lipase is a protein that helps your body absorb fats. Your doctor can order a lipase blood test to find out how your pancreas is doing.
Enlarged Pancreas: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
WebMD looks at possible causes of an enlarged pancreas, including symptoms and treatments.
What Is an Amylase Test?
An amylase test can tell your doctor about your pancreas -- and more. Find out why and how the test is done.