Can Pancreatitis Be Treated?

Q:
Can pancreatitis be treated?

A:
Treatment for pancreatitis depends on whether it is an acute one or a chronic one.

Treatment for acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis are typically treated with IV fluids and pain medications in the hospital.

Patients with severe pancreatitis need to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), where they are closely watched because pancreatitis can damage the heart, lungs, or kidneys.

In cases that severe pancreatitis may result in death of pancreatitis tissue, surgery can be necessary to remove the dead or damaged tissue if an infection develops.

An acute attack of pancreatitis caused by gallstones may require removal of the gallbladder or surgery of the bile duct.

The inflammation will go away and the pancreas will return to normal after the gallstones are removed.

Treatment for chronic pancreatitis

Patients with chronic pancreatitis are generally given pancreatic enzymes and may need insulin. A low-fat diet may also help.

In some cases, surgery may be done to help

  • relieve abdominal pain,
  • restore drainage of pancreatic enzymes or hormones,
  • treat chronic pancreatitis caused by blockage of the pancreatic duct,
  • reduce the frequency of attacks.

    To have fewer and milder attacks of pancreatitis, patients must

  • Stop smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages
  • Follow doctor’s and dietitian’s dietary advice
  • Take proper medications

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