Pancreatic Diseases


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.

Source: MedlinePlus, National Library of Medicine.
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative health information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

Pancreas Disease

National Pancreas Foundation

Power of Your Pancreas: Keep Your Digestive Juices Flowing

National Institutes of Health

Amylase Test

National Library of Medicine

Chymotrypsin in Stool

National Library of Medicine

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)

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Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) Isoenzymes Test

National Library of Medicine

Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) Test

National Library of Medicine

Lipase Test

National Library of Medicine

Stool Elastase

National Library of Medicine

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