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which organs are effected by pancreatitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
34 years experience General Surgery
Potentially, all.: Acute pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas leading to its "autodigestion" by the enzymes that the pancreas produces to break down foods. Mild cases cause minimal inflammation around the pancreas and a temporary effect on the GI tract. In severe cases, factors are released into the bloodstream that has an effect throughout the body similar to what is seen with systemic infection (sepsis).
Answered on Dec 7, 2014
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Dr. Ralph Layman
20 years experience Transplant Surgery
Pancreas: Well the pancreas for sure! as pancreatitis becomes more and more severe you can develop sepsis and shock. If is happens all of your organs can become affected.
Answered on May 3, 2015
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