What are some treatments for an inflamed pancreas?


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There is currently no treatment for an inflamed pancreas, so patients are treated with pain medications and IV fluids until the inflammation clears up. In some patients, the condition may be severe enough that an admission to the intensive care unit may be required. Patients are closely monitored to prevent any damage to the kidneys, heart or lungs.

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Typically, patients will be admitted to the hospital for the condition to be managed. Most people with acute pancreatitis usually improve within a week and can leave the hospital after 5 to 10 days, as stated by the National Health Service. However, severe pancreatitis will take long to clear up and advancement treatment is usually necessary.

Doctors will need to measure the levels of lipase and amylase in the body to diagnose an inflamed pancreas. Elevated levels of these digestive enzymes is an indication that a person has the condition. Other tests, such as biopsy, pancreas function test, ultrasound, CT scan and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography may also be conducted.

Known as pancreatitis, an inflamed pancreas is usually caused by heavy use of alcohol or gallstones. Other causes may include certain medications, surgery, metabolic disorders, infections and trauma. In about 30 percent of acute pancreatitis patients, the cause is usually not known, as stated by WebMD. Nearly half of the cases are caused by heavy alcohol use.

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