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What is acute pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that occurs abruptly. It is usually caused by gallstones or the abuse of alcohol. The most common symptom of this condition is severe pain in the upper abdominal area. Acute pancreatitis can be life threatening and requires hospitalization.

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