The Causes, Complications and Prevention of Pancreatitis

Prevention and treatment. Years of heavy drinking, a high-fat diet or previous gallstones are all precursors to pancreatitis. To avoid a recurrence or initial bout of pancreatitis, stop consuming alcohol immediately. In addition, eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet rich in fruit and vegetables but with moderate carbohydrate consumption. Exercising regularly and stopping smoking can also prevent pancreatitis from occurring.

Since there are two forms of pancreatitis, there are multiple ways to treat it. Patients who suffer from acute pancreatitis are usually given medication, intravenous fluids and bowel rest. However, 20 percent of patients with severe pancreatitis may require admission to the ICU (intensive care unit). if left untreated, severe pancreatitis can cause extensive damage to the heart, lungs and kidneys. In addition, severe pancreatitis can result in the death of pancreatic tissue. Should this be the case, the doctor will have to perform laparoscopic surgery in order to remove the tissue. Pancreatitis should not be taken lightly something. If have a history of heavy alcohol consumption or gallstones, never wait to see if symptoms resolve spontaneously. Delayed medical treatment can hinder recovery.