Following an acute pancreatitis attack, a patient either fully recovers on his own or develops chronic pancreatitis, according to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. There is no cure for chronic pancreatitis. Treatment options for chronic pancreatitis include only symptom management and tending to nutritional deficiencies.
Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that renders the body unable to absorb needed nutrients, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. Acute pancreatitis is sudden and severe. Both acute and chronic pancreatitis often cause bleeding and tissue death in a patient in the area surrounding the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis causes long-term damage to the pancreas and sometimes leads to malnutrition and diabetes. In the most severe cases, toxins and enzymes leak out into the abdomen which then damages blood vessels and causes life-threatening internal bleeding.