• Definition

    Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It releases the hormones insulin and glucagon, as well as digestive enzymes that help you digest and absorb food.

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    For more information, see the specific type of pancreatitis:

    • Acute pancreatitis
    • Chronic pancreatitis
    • Pancreatic abscess
    • Pancreatic pseudocyst