The pancreatic duct joins the pancreas to the common bile duct, supplying the pancreatic juices to aid in digestion.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive juices, or enzymes, into the duodenum through a tube called the pancreatic duct.
When the pancreas is inflamed, the enzymes inside it attack and damage the tissues that produce them. Pancreatitis can lead to complications like bleeding, infection, and permanent tissue damage may occur.