“ACUTE pancreatitis affects 4 in every 100,000 Brits – but what is it?
“What is acute pancreatitis?
“Acute pancreatitis means severe inflamation of the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach that helps with digestion.
“The most common causes are gallstones and heavy drinking.
“Acute pancreatitis means that the inflamation eventually disappears, while chronic pancreatitis is permenant.
“About 4 in 100,000 people suffer from acute pancreatitis each year in Britain.
“What are the symptoms?
“The main symptom of acute pancreatitis is abdominal pain, which builds up over the course of a few hours and can last for several days.”
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