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Pancreatic Diseases

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Summary

The pancreas is a gland behind your stomach and in front of your spine. It produces juices that help break down food and hormones that help control blood sugar levels. Problems with the pancreas can lead to many health problems. These include

  • Pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas: This happens when digestive enzymes start digesting the pancreas itself
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder in which thick, sticky mucus can also block tubes in your pancreas

The pancreas also plays a role in diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the beta cells of the pancreas no longer make insulin because the body's immune system has attacked them. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas loses the ability to secrete enough insulin in response to meals.

Start Here

  • (National Pancreas Foundation)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health) Also in

Diagnosis and Tests

  • Amylase Test From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
  • (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in
  • (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
  • (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
  • Lipase Test From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
  • new Stool Elastase From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
  • (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)

Treatments and Therapies

  • (National Pancreas Foundation)

Living With

  • (National Pancreas Foundation)

Specifics

  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in
  • (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Genetics

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)

Striking laughter

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Reference Desk

  • (Johns Hopkins University, Department of Pathology)

Find an Expert

  • (American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy)
  • (Hormone Health Network)
  • From the National Institutes of Health

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