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A 39-year-old female asked:

how long does pancreatitis take to get to its serious point & what is treatment?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not too long: Pancreatitis is a life threatening condition and based on etiology or its cause it may take hours to days to fully develop. The treatment is usually hospital based and it is mostly supportive consisting of bowel rest, iv fluids and pain control.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Are there permanent solutions or treatments for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Treat the cause.: Pancreatitis secondary to gallstones can be prevented by gallbladder removal (although this surgery will have no benefit in the treatment of that particular episode of pancreatitis). Alcoholic pancreatitis can often be prevented by abstaining from any future alcohol intake.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can waist measurement be an indicator of pancreatitis?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: There is no relation between waist measurement and the diagnosis of pancreatitis.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What treatments are available for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Difficult question: It is really impossible to answer that question without more information. Acute and chronic pancreatitis are treated very differently.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there alternative therapies for pancreatitis?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: The pancreas is a gland in the back of the abdomen which produces enzymes to digest proteins, fats, and carbs. In pancreatitis, the enzymes start working inside the gland and begin digesting it. The first treatment is fasting, to shut off the enzyme production. Sometimes replacement enzymes are given. Removing the gallbladder, if there are gallstones, can prevent another attack.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What should people with pancreatitis eat?

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Dr. Rishi Kumar
Dr. Rishi Kumar answered
Anesthesiology 8 years experience
Avoid fats: Rule of thumb: avoid fats and eat small portions often in the hospital setting, patients are typically kept "npo" (nothing by mouth) and given plenty of IV fluids and pain management to allow the pancreas to rest. Symptoms typically resolve within a few days for uncomplicated, acute pancreatitis.

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