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When to Seek Medical Care
In most cases, the pain and nausea associated with pancreatitis are severe enough that a person seeks medical attention from a health care practitioner. Any of the following symptoms warrant medical attention:
The health care practitioner may tell the person to go to a hospital emergency department. If a person is unable to reach a health care practitioner, or if a person's symptoms worsen after having being examined by a health care practitioner, an immediate visit to an emergency department is necessary.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/12/2014
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The pancreas is a gland located in the upper, posterior abdomen and is responsible for insulin production (endocrine pancreas) and the manufacture and secretion of digestive enzymes (exocrine pancreas) leading to carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism.