Is there a cure for pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis may be cured if it is acute. With acute pancreatitis, your pancreas may suffer minor tissue damage and inflammation from the digestive enzymes. However, once the cause of the acute pancreatitis, like gallstones, is removed, the pancreas often repairs itself and function returns to normal. Unfortunately, once you have had pancreatitis you are more susceptible to having another attack of acute pancreatitis or having it turn into chronic pancreatitis.

If you have chronic pancreatitis, cures are not available and you will be affected by pancreatitis and the damage it does throughout your life. Diet and lifestyle changes, such as eating low-fat foods and cutting out alcohol and cigarettes, may keep pancreatitis symptoms to a minimum. Due to permanent scarring, reduced enzyme secretion, and cell and tissue damage from chronic pancreatitis, the functioning of your pancreas is unable to return to normal.

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A disease of the endocrine system, pancreatitis can cause severe abdominal pain, fever and nausea and vomiting.Pancreatitis develops when the digestive juices that your pancreas makes actually begins to break down the organ itself...

. This disease, which can either be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term), can cause internal bleeding, infection, tissue scarring and organ failure. Chronic pancreatitis actually causes the pancreas to slowly destroy itself. Gallstones that block the pancreatic duct, a tube that connects the pancreas to part of the small intestine, can cause acute pancreatitis. However, heavy alcohol use is a primary cause of both acute and chronic pancreatitis. Several days in the hospital can help resolve acute pancreatitis, but chronic pancreatitis can be much more difficult to treat, especially if the patient is an alcoholic. The surgical removal of certain nerves may be needed to relieve the severe abdominal pain associated with chronic pancreatitis.

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