Pancreatic diseases are diseases that affect the pancreas, an organ in the human body located in the abdomen. The pancreas plays a role in the digestive and endocrine system, producing enzymes which aid the digestion process and the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. The most common pancreatic disease is pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas which could come in acute or chronic form. Other pancreatic diseases include Diabetes Mellitus, Exocrine Pancreas Insufficiency, Cystic fibrosis, Pseudocysts, Cysts, Congenital malformations, Neoplasms and Hemosuccus Pancreaticus.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. There are two forms of pancreatitis, which are different in causes and symptoms, and require different treatment: