Pancreatitis - Treatments

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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 setting.

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 fasting
  • 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 pancreas.

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 recommended.

If high triglycerides are the cause of pancreatitis, then your health-care professional may prescribe medication to decrease the patient's triglyceride levels.

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Comment from: Brenda / Texas, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago for acute pancreatitis. I had the first acute attack in 2008. I was on IV antibiotics for 4 1/2 days. Two CT scans and 1 MRI later, I still do not know what caused it. I don"t drink, don"t smoke and never had high cholesterol. My triglycerides in the hospital were 71. I am supposed to go to the gastroenterologist in a few weeks for scope. I hope I don"t ever have this again.

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Comment from: ALReneau, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I had an endoscopy for esophageal dilation on 11-19-14. Then the next day I was having extreme pain in my abdomen while I was at work. I chalked it up to the procedure. When I drank a sip of water in the late afternoon and the pain dropped me to my knees and made me cry, I began to believe that this pain was not in the normal parameters. My doctor told me to go to the emergency room to have a CAT scan of my stomach. Well, the CAT scan and blood work determined that I was having an acute pancreatitis attack. They started me on Dilaudid which caused more nausea. I was admitted for 5 days. Food was withheld for 3 days and began a clear liquid diet. The doctors were not able to determine why I had the pancreatitis attack since I did not fall into the main three categories. I am home now and my stomach still aches when I drink anything, but I am faithful that this will get better soon.

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