Emergency Risk: Pancreatitis

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Emergency Risk: Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an ever-growing problem in the UK - the acute version at least - with strong links to alcohol for those in their mid-life, underwriter Fergus Bescoby explores

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing sudden pain in the abdomen along with nausea, diarrhoea and fever. There are two types: acute (temporary) and chronic (long-term). Chronic pancreatitis can develop after many episodes of the acute variety. The pancreas & its purpose The pancreas is a gland that forms part of the digestive system. It is a spongy, leaf-shaped organ around 15cm long and is found behind the stomach, high at the back of the abdomen, where the ribs meet...

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