Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of the pancreas which plays an important role in digestion.
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Certain medications
- Damage to pancreas during surgery
- Pain in the upper abdomen which may move to the back or other areas
- Sudden and intense pain
- Mild and constant pain which increases on consumption of food
- Swelling and tenderness in the abdomen
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Increased pulse rate
- Hospital stay: Treatment includes hospital stay to replace fluids intravenously, even for mild pancreatitis.
- Medication: Analgesics may be given to relieve pain. In case of infection, antibiotics may be required.
- Surgery: Surgery is sometimes required to remove the gall bladder stones or any damaged tissue on the pancreas.
- Pancreatic enzyme supplement tablets: These tablets may be recommended with meals to help digest food.