Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

About Pancreatitis

Inflammation of the pancreas medically is termed as Pancreatitis. The pancreas functions by aiding in digestion and processing the sugar that is ingested by an individual. A dysfunctional pancreas will not be able to aid in digestion or process sugars increasing the risk of diabetes in the individual. A Pancreatitis tends to occur when certain digestive enzymes start irritating the pancreas causing them to get inflamed.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis can occur in acute or chronic forms. The symptoms of acute form of Pancreatitis occur all of a sudden and last for a few days before resolving. However, the symptoms of chronic Pancreatitis develop gradually over years and last for a longer period of time and require aggressive medical intervention.

While there is no cure for Pancreatitis, mild cases of Pancreatitis resolves without any treatment; however, severe cases of this condition require treatment for prevention of complications some of which can be potentially serious.

As stated above, there is currently no cure for Pancreatitis. Individuals with the acute form of this disease are treated symptomatically till the inflammation resolves. The patient will need to be admitted to a hospital for treatment.

While in the hospital, the patient will be given IV medications for pain relief and will be provided nutrition and oxygen through nasogastric tubes. It normally takes about a week to 10 days for an individual with acute Pancreatitis to get back to normal and leave the hospital.

However, individuals with chronic or severe form of Pancreatitis tend to stay longer in the hospital and require more aggressive treatments for treating Pancreatitis.

On average, it takes usually four to six weeks before an individual with severe form of Pancreatitis is stable enough to be discharged home after being treated for Pancreatitis.

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Last Modified On: August 3, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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