How was your pancreatitis (acute or chronic) treated?
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What is the treatment for pancreatitis?
In most cases of acute pancreatitis, admission to the hospital is needed,
whereas some cases of chronic pancreatitis can be managed in an outpatient
Depending on the underlying cause of pancreatitis, management may vary to
address the specific cause. In general, however, the following treatment regimen
will always be initiated for the treatment of pancreatitis.
First-line treatment will involve:
Fasting to help the pancreas to rest and recover.
IV fluids to prevent dehydration while
Pancreatitis can be very painful, thus intravenous pain medication is often necessary.
If pancreatitis is due to an obstructing gallstone, surgical intervention may
be required to remove the gallstone and/or remove the gallbladder. Intervention
may also be required to treat a pseudocyst or to remove part of the affected
If alcohol consumption is the cause of pancreatitis, abstinence from alcohol
and an alcohol rehabilitation program will be recommended.
If a medication or chemical exposure is found to be the cause of
pancreatitis, then removal of the medication or offending exposure is
If high triglycerides are the cause of pancreatitis, then your health-care
professional may prescribe medication to decrease the patient's triglyceride levels.