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ACUTE PANCREATITISIntroductionPrincipal function of the pancreas is to make food-digesting enzymes (exocrine) and Insulin (endocrine). The pancreas, comprising only 0.1% of total body weight, has 13 times the protein-producing capacity of the liver and reticulo endothelial system combined, which make up 4% of totalbody weight. Several mechanisms enable the pancreas to avoid digesting itself. First, proteins are translated into an inactive form called pro enzymes. The pro enzymes are packaged in a para- crystalline arrangement with protease inhibitorsZymogen granules have an acidic pH and

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