Pancreatitis (cont.)

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Can pancreatitis be prevented?

  • Certain lifestyle changes can decrease the chances of someone getting pancreatitis, such as alcohol and smoking cessation.
  • Consuming a low-fat diet and maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the risk of developing gallstones, a leading cause of pancreatitis.

What is the prognosis for pancreatitis?

The prognosis for pancreatitis depends on many different factors, such as the underlying condition causing pancreatitis, the severity of the pancreatitis, and the patient's age and underlying medical problems. Patients with pancreatitis can experience everything from a brief self-limited illness with a full recovery to severe course of illness that can lead to life-threatening complications and death. If an individual has repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis, they may develop chronic pancreatitis, a lifelong condition that can lead to a decreased quality of life.

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference. Acute Pancreatitis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2015

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