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What is acute pancreatitis?
Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas.
The pancreas is located in the upper part of the abdomen, behind the stomach. It produces digestive enzymes and hormones.
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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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