What Is It?
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland located behind the stomach. Pancreatitis can be acute, chronic, or recurrent.
- Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas.
- People with chronic pancreatitis have ongoing inflammation of the pancreas that leads to permanent damage.
- People with recurrent pancreatitis have repeated bouts of acute inflammation.
The main function of the pancreas is to produce digestive enzymes and hormones, such as insulin, that regulate blood sugar levels.