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Is acute pancreatitis serious?

A mild case of acute pancreatitis has a death rate of less than five percent, but in a serious case, it can be as high as fifty percent. It is considered a serious, life-threatening condition and requires hospitalization. Parts of the pancreas and other organs can be damaged by the condition. Individuals with acute pancreatitis are at greater risk from an infection. Other complications are diabetes, problems breathing, kidney failure, cancer of the pancreas, and poor nutrition.

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What is acute pancreatitis?
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What is chronic pancreatitis?
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