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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?
The liver releases pro-inflammatory molecules which travel to the pancreas and exaccerbate the inflammatory process
The gallbladder releases pro-inflammatory molecules which travel to the pancreas and exaccerbate the inflammatory process
The pancreas and jejunum are directly connected, causing inflammation of the pancreas resulting in progression through the digestive tract
The pancreas contains digestive enzymes which may activate and degrade surrounding tissues
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