Pancreatitis (cont.)

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What are the causes of pancreatitis?

Normally, digestive enzymes released by the pancreas are not activated to break down fats and proteins until they reach the small intestine. However, when these digestive enzymes are activated while still in the pancreas, inflammation and local damage to the pancreas occurs leading to pancreatitis.

The causes of pancreatitis include:

Alcohol consumption and gallstones account for over 80% of all cases of pancreatitis in the US.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2015

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