Is pancreatitis serious?

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  • Pancreatitis can be serious and often requires hospitalization, sometimes even surgery. Acute and chronic pancreatitis can cause severe damage to the tissue in the pancreas and affect absorption of nutrients and how food is digested. Pancreatitis can involve infection, internal bleeding, and breathing difficulties. When there is extreme damage to the tissue, bleeding, or inflammation that spreads, death can occur in up to 50 percent of people affected by severe pancreatitis.

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