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Which of the following actions of pancreatic enzymes can cause pancreatic damage?

1. Utilization by the intestine
2. Autodigestion of the pancreas
3. Reflux into the pancreas
4. Clogging of the pancreatic duct


When the pancreas is injured and/or has an impaired or disrupted function, the pancreatic enzymes (phospholipaseA, lipase, and elastase) leak into the pancreatic tissue and initiate autodigestion. Options 3 & 4 can be causes of pancreatitis. Option 1 is incorrect to this situation. The digestive action on the organ causes pain and inflammation.


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