What is pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis (say: “pan-kree-ah-tie-tiss”) is inflammation (swelling) of your pancreas. The pancreas is a gland near your stomach and liver that helps you absorb and digest food. Pancreatitis can be chronic (which means it lasts a long time, up to a few years) or acute (which means it only lasts a few days).
Pancreatitis can damage your pancreas, but there are medicines that can help control your pain and help you lead a normal life.
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