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A Case of Acute Pancreatitis
David F. Dean
The pancreas is the source of the bulk of digestive enzymes that act upon the contents of the small intestine. The normal function of the pancreas can be studied in the context of acute pancreatitis, an inflammatory disease with a sudden onset. In this directed case, students read about a person suffering from acute pancreatitis, including a brief description of the patient's history and symptoms, then answer a set of directed questions designed to probe their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the disorder. The case is appropriate for any college-level course in human physiology.
|Keywords:||Pancreas; acute pancreatitis; pancreatic enzymes; digestion; digestive enzymes; exocrine pancreas; referred pain|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Physiology Biology (General) Medicine (General)|
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