Pancreatitis Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Pancreatitis treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Pancreatitis

Acute Pancreatitis

Treatment for acute pancreatitis depends on the severity of the attack. Hospitalization may be necessary. The main goal is to rest the pancreas. In mild cases, this means you may not have food for 3 to 4 days. In severe cases, you may not be able to have food for 3-6 weeks. You will likely need strong pain medication during this time.

Treatment may also include:

  • Intravenous (IV) fluids
  • IV nutrients if you are unable to eat for an extended period of time
  • Antibiotics if you have an infection
  • Surgery to drain the fluid building up in the abdomen

Chronic Pancreatitis

The goals of treatment for chronic pancreatitis are to relieve pain and manage nutritional and metabolic problems. Specific steps include:

  • Strict avoidance of alcohol
  • Eating less fat
  • Taking pills containing pancreatic enzymes to help with digestion
  • Taking insulin to control blood sugar (if diabetes develops)
  • Eating smaller meals more frequently

Surgery and/or ERCP may be needed to:

  • Open a blocked pancreatic or biliary duct
  • Remove part (or rarely all) of the pancreas
  • Drain pancreatic cysts

If you are diagnosed with pancreatitis, follow your doctor's instructions.

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