What is Pancreatitis?
The pancreas is an effector organ located behind the stomach essential to digestive and endocrine system functions. It aids in digestion by producing enzymes that break down food in the small intestines, and it regulates blood sugar levels by releasing hormones (e.g. insulin, glucagon, somatostatin) into the bloodstream. Pancreatitis occurs when this organ becomes inflamed and loses its ability to function properly. Pancreatitis is not only associated with incomplete digestion, but also with nausea, weight loss, and in some scenarios necrosis and organ failure.