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Acute pancreatitis: symptoms, diagnosis and management

The pancreas is an elongated gland situated just behind the stomach. Inflammation of the gland (pancreatitis) is the most significant benign condition of the organ, and may be acute or chronic (Henry and Thompson, 2001). In acute pancreatitis the gland will return to normal, but in its chronic form there is permanent anatomical and functional abnormality (Henry and Thompson, 2001; Alexander et al, 2000; Haslett et al, 1999; Banks, 1997).

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