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Diego is rushed back to hospital.

DIEGO Maradona was seriously ill in hospital last night after a fresh health scare.

The fallen soccer great, who doctors fear is suffering from pancreatitis, was under sedation in intensive care.

He was only released from hospital two days ago after a 14-day detox.

Maradona collapsed at the home of his girlfriend Veronica Ojeda at around 5am local time yesterday.

Sources at Maria Teresa de Calcuta Hospital in Buenos Aires have said his life is not currently in danger.

Worried personal doctor Alfredo Cahe, who Maradona said he had sacked earlier this week, was by his bedside.

Reports from Argentina said he had complained of "excruciating abdominal pain".

The new scare comes less than 72 hours after the 46-year-old left Guemes Hospital in the Argentine capital.

Maradona was admitted after suffering chronic hepatitis bought on by binge-drinking and over-eating.

Pancreatitis is a rare disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Patients usually recover completely.

But the acute form, which occurs suddenly, can be a life-threatening illness with many complications.

Injury to the pancreas from things like continued alcohol abuse can cause a chronic form of the disease which in extreme cases caused lung, kidney and heart failure.

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