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What are the treatment options for acute pancreatitis?

Patients with acute pancreatitis often need to stay in the hospital and may be admitted to the intensive care unit. In order to let the pancreas rest, the individual will not be able to eat or drink and will probably be given fluids, pain medication, and nutrition intravenously. As the inflammation subsides, non-irritating liquids and food may be eaten. Then your doctor will try to determine the cause of the acute pancreatitis. Patients may need surgery to remove gallstones, the gallbladder, or dead tissue, or to drain fluid from the pancreas, may be performed. For those who abuse alcohol, treatment for alcohol addiction will be recommended. To help aid further recovery, stop smoking, eat a low-fat diet, and make sure to drink plenty of water.

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