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In acute pancreatitis, the pancreas quickly swells due to inflammation. The pancreas is a small digestive organ that sits behind the stomach.

Within a week, most people with acute pancreatitis begin to feel better, and they typically recover completely. (Source)

How To Remember Acute Pancreatitis Causes ?

Acute Pancreatitis Causes :

  • Gallstones
  • Ethanol
  • Trauma
  • Steroids
  • Mumps
  • Autoimmune (Polyarteritis Nodosa)
  • Scorpion stings
  • Hyperlipidemia/ Hypercalcemia
  • ERCP
  • Drugs (including azathioprine and diuretics)

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Dr. Arin Nandi

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