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  Pancreatitis



Pancreatitis

    Irritation of the pancreas that can make it stop working; most often caused by gallstones or alcohol abuse.

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Pancreas
A large, elongated gland located behind the lower portion of the stomach that secretes the hormones insulin and glucagon into the blood. These hormones are essential in regulating blood sugar levels. The pancreas also secretes enzymes into the small intestine that help with digestion and neutralize acid from the stomach.

Gallstones
Presence or formation of gallstones.

Alcohol
An organic chemical in which one or more hydroxyl (OH) groups are attached to carbon (C) atoms in place of hydrogen (H) atoms. Common alcohols include ethyl alcohol or ethanol (found in alcoholic beverages), methyl alcohol or methanol (can cause blindness) and propyl alcohol or propanol (used as a solvent and antiseptic). Rubbing alcohol is a mixture of acetone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and ethyl alcohol. In everyday talk, alcohol usually refers to ethanol as, for example, in wine, beer, and liquor. It can cause changes in behavior and be addictive.



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Pancreas
A large, elongated gland located behind the lower portion of the stomach that secretes the hormones insulin and glucagon into the blood. These hormones are essential in regulating blood sugar levels. The pancreas also secretes enzymes into the small intestine that help with digestion and neutralize acid from the stomach.

Pancreas Transplant
A surgical procedure that involves replacing the pancreas of a person who has diabetes with a healthy pancreas that can make insulin. The healthy pancreas comes from a donor who has just died or from a living relative. A person can donate half a pancreas and still live normally. |At present, pancreas transplants are usually performed in persons with Type 1 diabetes who have severe complications. This is because after the transplant the patient must take immunosuppressive drugs that are highly toxic and may cause damage to the body.

Pancreatectomy
A procedure in which a surgeon takes out the pancreas.

Pancuronium
Pancuronium is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): pancuronium bromide.

Pancuronium bromide
Pancuronium bromide is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): pancuronium bromide.

Pancytopenia
Pronounced reduction in the number of erythrocytes, all types of white blood cells, and the blood platelets in the circulating blood.



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Poor digestion
symptoms include heartburn, nausea, bloating, and gas. Also called dyspepsia.

Pacemaker
An electronic device that is surgically implanted into the patient's heart and chest to regulate heartbeat.

Pain
An unpleasant sensory or emotional experience primarily associated with tissue damage, or described in terms of tissue damage, or both.

Pain threshold
The least experience of pain that a person can recognize.

Pain tolerance level
The greatest level of pain that a person is prepared to tolerate.

Pancreatitis

Pap test
Test in which a sample of cells is taken from the cervix and examined to detect cancer or precancerous changes.

Pap smear
Test in which a sample of cells is taken from the cervix and examined to detect cancer or precancerous changes.

Papillary stenosis
A condition in which the openings of the bile ducts and pancreatic ducts narrow.

Parietal cells
Cells in the stomach wall that make hydrochloric acid.

Peak flow meter
A portable, inexpensive, hand-held device used to measure how air flows from lungs in one "fast blast" to measure the ability to push air out of the lungs. Measurements with a peak flow meter help the patient and physician monitor your asthma. These measurements can be important and help your physician prescribe medicines to keep asthma in control.

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