The pancreas is a gland which produces juices that help break down of food, hormones and help control blood sugar level. There are numerous diseases associated with pancreas. The inflammation of the pancreas is termed as pancreatitis. It happens when digestive enzymes start digesting the pancreas itself. Pancreatitis can be acute or chronic. There two forms of pancreatitis, differs in their causes and symptoms, and require different treatment. Acute pancreatitis is a rapid-onset inflammation of the pancreas, mostly frequently caused by alcoholism or gallstones. Chronic pancreas is a long-lasting pancreas inflammation. Pancreatic cancer and cystic fibrosis are genetic disorders in which thick sticky mucus may also block the tubes in pancreas.