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Keith was posted 09/23/2002 11:59 am by mrs
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This was an easy to understand explanation of pancreatitis told to me by a registered nurse. Besides making insulin, the pancreas makes digestive enzymes. For one reason or another, the digestive enzymes are blocked from leaving the pancreas and caused to return to the pancreas. These digestive enzymes then turn on the pancreas and start digesting it.

A possible connection to bile duct cancer is that a bile duct may be blocked somewhere causing the enzymes to flow back to the pancreas. The obstruction needs to be found. My dad's cancer was found in an upper endoscopy.

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