In acute pancreatitis, swelling of the pancreas is sudden and severe. It causes unbearable pain and may cause damage to pancreatic tissues. Frequent attacks of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis, which can severely affect the quality of life. Acute pancreatitis can also cause pseudocyst that is a lump of fluid on the pancreatic surface.
Diagnosis of acute pancreatitis involves assessment of symptoms and clinical signs such as tenderness of the stomach. Doctors may recommend blood tests and CT scans for the confirmation of diagnosis. Occasionally, advanced imaging tests like MRI or Endoscopic Ultrasound may be necessary to detect acute gallstone pancreatitis or CBD calculi.
Acute pancreatitis requires hospitalization of the patient for treatment. Standard treatment of acute pancreatitis involves pain management and close monitoring of health parameters for severe signs or symptoms. You may require supportive treatment to manage fluid, nutrition, and oxygen. Treatment of acute pancreatitis infection depends on the stages of the condition:
Complications may not develop in most mild cases of acute pancreatitis. Intravenous drip to maintain fluid balance and to inject powerful painkillers is necessary in mild cases of acute pancreatitis. A catheter may be essential to monitor urine output. Doctors may insert a tube through the nose into the stomach for feeding. You may start feeling better within a week after the treatment of a mild attack.
In severe acute pancreatitis, there is a possibility of one or more complications. Admission to the Intensive Care Unit may be necessary to treat complications of acute pancreatitis. Ventilator support may be vital if the patient is having breathing difficulty in severe acute pancreatitis infection.
Surgical removal of gallstones is essential if the complications are because of acute gallstone pancreatitis. Doctors may perform gallbladder removal surgery if necessary. In pancreatitis, swelling may be because of infection or damage to the pancreatic tissues. Doctors may treat the infection with antibiotics. You may need surgery to remove the infected tissues. Doctors may use needle biopsy to diagnose necrotizing pancreatitis to remove the dead tissues of the pancreases.
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Dr. M. Murugesh is a Consultant Medical Gastroentrologist & Hepatologist of the Department of Gastroentrology at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital. He has over 14 years of experience and is a specialist in ERCP – Advanced Biliary & Pancreatic Endotherapy.
Dr. V. Arulselvan is a Consultant Medical Gastroentrologist & Hepatologist of the Department of Gastroentrology at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital. He has over 9 years of experience and is a specialist in Luminal Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
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What is the treatment for acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis?
Hemorrhagic pancreatitis is a complication of acute pancreatitis. It involves bleeding within the pancreas. Hemorrhagic pancreatitis treatment comprises a non-surgical approach with antibiotics and restoration of fluid and nutrients. Some patients may require surgical removal of dead and infected tissues of the pancreas.
What causes acute alcoholic pancreatitis?
Chronic alcohol addiction causes acute and chronic alcoholic pancreatitis. Globally, one in four patients with acute pancreatitis may suffer from alcohol-induced pancreatitis. The primary treatment for alcohol-related pancreatitis is to stop drinking alcohol. It will help reduce frequent attacks of acute pancreatitis and may also prevent chronic pancreatitis.
What is pancreatitis in children?
Acute pancreatitis in children is possible because of hereditary factors. Children can also suffer from acute pancreatitis because of a traumatic injury. Chronic pancreatitis is not present in children. Children with acute pancreatitis appear sick and experience pain in the abdomen after eating food.
What is ERCP in gallstone treatment?
ERCP is the procedure for the removal of gallstones. It involves the use of a thin fiber-optic tube with a camera on one end. The physician accesses the bile and pancreatic duct exit with a catheter and removes the gallstones during the ERCP.
Why should one not eat anything during the treatment of acute pancreatitis?
The bowels and pancreas need rest for a minimum of 48 hours after the attack of acute pancreatitis. They give nutritional support through a tube or by mouth after the initial period. The feeding tube helps patients who cannot eat on their own.
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