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  • Q:

    Pancreatitis is defined as the inflammation of the pancreas and can occur for a large variety of reasons, including viral infections, alcohol use, and autoimmune diseases. It is a relatively small organ, however its inflammation causes a very large amount of inflammation disproportionate to its size, often with great amounts of fluid loss in the abdomen. Which of the following provides a reasonable rationale for this phenomenon?

     

    A

    The liver releases pro-inflammatory molecules which travel to the pancreas and exaccerbate the inflammatory process

    B

    The gallbladder releases pro-inflammatory molecules which travel to the pancreas and exaccerbate the inflammatory process

    C

    The pancreas and jejunum are directly connected, causing inflammation of the pancreas resulting in progression through the digestive tract

    D

    The pancreas contains digestive enzymes which may activate and degrade surrounding tissues



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