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What increases my risk for acute pancreatitis?

Individuals who abuse alcohol and those who have gallstones are at greatest risk of acute pancreatitis. Other risk factors include surgery or injury to the abdomen. Tobacco users are at risk, as are people on some kinds of medications. If you have an infection or ulcer or high blood levels of triglycerides, calcium, or parathyroid hormone you may develop acute pancreatitis. Heredity presents a risk, too, as does cancer of the pancreas.

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