Reviewed by Rishi Desai, MD, MPH
Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas which is caused by autodigestion of pancreas by pancreatic enzymes. It can have severe complications and high mortality despite treatment. Acute pancreatitis presents with acute epigastric pain often radiating to the back. Serum amylase or lipase will often be elevated. The most common causes are from alcohol abuse or gallstones.