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treatment of acute pancreatitis?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Pancreatitis: Pancreatitis comes in two basic forms--mild and severe. Even mild pancreatitis is accompanied by severe pain. The basic treatment is bowel rest and IV fluids and medication as needed for pain. Severe pancreatitis can be associated with multiple complications and is usually treated in an icu. Each complication (infection, shock, respiratory impairment, bleeding, etc.) is treated as they arise.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
It depends: In acute pancreatitis the basic treatment is resting the pancreas, by limiting intake of food. Also you are given IV fluids and pain medication. If the pancreatitis becomes very severe you may need antibiotics and in rare circumstances surgery. The other thing that is done is investigating the cause in order to prevent future attacks.

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Can something besides gallstones cause pancreatitis?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: The most common cause of pancreatitis is gallstones; alcoholism is a close-second. There is a laundry list of very rare causes of pancreatitis including certain medications, anatomical abnormalities of the pancreas, very high triglyceride levels, etc.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there a link between pancreatitis and food color additives?

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Dr. Phillip Price
General Surgery 32 years experience
No clear connection: There have never been any studies that clearly link food coloring to pancreatitis. Some people are allergic to certain food additives but, there is no clear evidence that food coloring cause pancreatitis like gallbladder stones, alcohole and some medicines can.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How acute pancreatitis can be cured?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Usually as inpatient: With bowel rest, IV fluids and pain control.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is treating the chronic pancreatitis done mostly by fasting?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
No: That would just make the malnutrition caused by chronic pancreatitis worse. Chr pancreatitis usually from alcohol; can be painful, can cause diabetes, malabsorption of nutrients, especially fats, fat solvits (a, d, e, k), proteins, carbs, wt loss, osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease. Rx pancreatic supplements, pain relief, sometimes surgery. Acute: rx'd w/bowel rest, supportive care, sometimes surg.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Chronic pancreatitis fatal?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Sort of: Chronic pancreatitis is a serious illness with a 50% mortality rate over 20-25 years. People with garden variety chronic pancreatitis do not have an appreciable increase in incidence of pancreatic cancer; however, the small number of people with hereditary pancreatitis have a 40% life time risk of cancer of pancreas.

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