Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It may occur suddenly, in a severe form as in acute pancreatitis, or may continue as a slow, long drawn illness as in chronic pancreatitis.During an attack of pancreatitis, the juices are activated within the pancreatic gland and it begin to digest the pancreas itself causing inflammation, injury and necrosis resulting in an acutely inflammatory process that results in pancreatitis – so called pancreatic auto digestion. Where pancreas succumbs to its own digestive properties.
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