The pancreas is a gland that aids in digestion of protein. It does so by secreting enzymes that break down food as it moves through the digestive tract. If the gland is obstructed by a tumor, it cannot secrete those enzymes. Therefore, the food is not broken down when it reaches the colon. That undigested food causes an increase of water in the intestines. This causes cramps and diarrhea. However, there are benign conditions that mimic these symptoms as well.
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