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Acute Pancreatitis: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Chronic pancreatis

How is the treatment done?

Acute Pancreatitis is a condition where there is an abnormal and sudden inflammation of your pancreas. This condition is mainly caused by the presence of gallstones and alcohol abuse. The presence of the gallstones restricts the pancreas to secrete the pancreatic fluids into the bile duct. If this condition is left unrecognized or untreated then it leads to accumulation of enzymes in your pancreas and they digest the pancreatic cells which can cause severe inflammation. If you consume excess alcohol then it adversely affects the productivity and functioning of the pancreas. The toxic elements present in the alcohol can harm the pancreas which results in enzyme accumulation and in return causing inflammations. The common symptoms for this condition are abdominal pain. Vigorous coughing and certain movement patterns can trigger these abdominal pains. Other symptoms are vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and loss of appetite. This condition might also alter the blood pressure levels in your body. Before surgery you are advised not to eat anything as the pancreas is strained trying to digest your body. The solid food is avoided by the usage of a feeding tube which is inserted through your nose and passed into your stomach. The treatment course depends on the severity of the condition.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The pancreas is known to be curing itself but the treatment aims at maintaining proper enzyme secretion and eliminating the symptoms that you might face. Since you face abdominal pain, painkillers are prescribed to ease off the pain. Your medical expert might use a nasogastric tube that will remove excess liquid and gas to eliminate the signs of nausea and vomiting. During the procedure of the treatment of this condition, you might need some bowel rest. This means that you will not consume any solid food which might result in excretion of stool. You are advised to stat on a liquid diet. Dehydration is a common side effect for this course of treatment. This is why you are passed with many fluids that keep you from getting dehydrated. Sometimes breathing tubes are used along with ventilation equipments as you might face some breathing problems. In this condition of acute pancreatitis your pancreas faces problems to secrete hormones that are essential for your digestive system and in order to cure that, during the course of the treatment you might be advised to not eat anything solid for a couple of days so that your pancreas is not pressurized. Seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid complications in the future.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you face abdominal pain by performing day to day activities even if when you are coughing then you might need to get diagnosed for acute pancreatis. You might also face nausea, vomiting, diarrhea along with loss of appetite. If you face these symptoms then you are eligible for the treatment of this condition.

Are there any side effects?

Sometimes due to many past injuries you might face these problems. Get tested and seek medical help because if you trigger the symptoms due to any injury then the course of treatment will be different. Get tested before obtaining treatment as the doctor might suggest some other alternative options of treatment to avoid complications in the future.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Common side effects fort this course of treatment involves dehydration, weakness and nausea. The pain persists on a temporary basis and fades away as time passes by. However, if you notice some other side effects then consult with your medical expert as soon as possible.

How long does it take to recover?

You should maintain a healthy diet which is rich in calcium and avoid spicy and oily food. You should also take adequate rest along with the medicines that you have been prescribed. You should also prevent yourself from getting dehydrated and drink water every now and then.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The recovery time for this condition depends on the severity of the condition and how well you respond to the medicines. The average recovery time for this condition takes 5 to 10 days.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The cost of treatment depends on the medical facilities that you get. On an average the cost of treatment for acute pancreatis ranges from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 55,000.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment are known to be permanent as long as you keep up with the follow ups with your doctor and maintain a healthy diet.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hello Doctor I am 31 years old male. I got a stomach upset since last month 7th dec. I went to nearby physician and he gave few tablets which does not cure my problem. And I went to gastroenterologist. He gave few tablets that too doesn't cure still my stool is semi solid and floating only. And last week he told me to take few tests like stool test which gave normal report except stool was semi solid. And Ultra sound which shows pancreas was mildly bulgy and hypoechoic. And after that I did lab test called Amylase which shows 134 where range in yhe lab is 60 to 100 uplimit. And Lipase test that is in normal range. But since last 2 weeks I have been experiencing mild stomach pain and stool was still same. I stopped all tablets which he gave. And went to apollo and did all tests again like CT Scan, cancer Ca 19 -9A test and amylase lipase anad liver functions test everything was normal. But I am still getting pain on my upper stomach after talking food. Please suggest me what should I do to get rid of this. And this time the doctor gave tablets for a month. Like provide and Rixmin 400. I have started taking it. But I am to totally disturbed. Please I am expecting some good solutions from experienced doctors. If my pancreas got infected I just want to know how much time it requires to cure completely.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCH - Surgical Gastroenterology, Ex assistant professor
Gastroenterologist, Patna
Don’t worry, your pancreas is completely normal! Continue this rifaximine for two weeks along with Darolac sachet bd for 10 days! No need to worry about any chronic disease!
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Doctor sir, My brother had severe stomach pain 2 days back at around 1: 30 in the morning. We admitted him and abdominal scan revealed Acute Pancreatitis (Pancreas is Hypoechoic - Do not know what it means). The doctors told that this comes to persons mainly with Smoking and Drinking problems. He did not have any bad habits and it was the first time he had a stomach problem.  The doctors told that he should be on IV for 3 days - no food, water or anything. Only fluids thru IV. The pain was pretty severe for him until the evening and at around 5, it subsided and he was Ok. He was able to relax after that and he had pain only when he stretched or doing something. He had some pain in the back as well, but it was far better than the pain he had in the morning.  Until around 11, he was perfectly alright and then around 12: 00, his BP started falling and he told like people look in different color. The doctors examined him and his pulse was completely down. They revived him in ICU little bit, he was conscious, but was breathing heavily. His BP was 85-45. We had to put him in Ventilator support and by around 3: 00, he suffered a massive heart attack and he was gone. They tried for nearly 40 minutes after that, but nothing happened.  I do not know how he could have died just because of Pancreatitis. Everywhere it says it will take at least 2 weeks, the organs have to fail. But, nothing of that sort happened.  I would be grateful if anyone can give me some details on what might have happened, at least we can save someone else. He was only 35.

MS, MBBS, Clinical Fellow Pancreatic Surgery, FMBS
General Surgeon, Delhi
Pancreatitis is a very bad disease. According to literature almost 30 % die due to this. Sorry to hear about your brother. It normally happens due to gall stones or alcohol.
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My brother is 30 years old. He is a severe alcoholic from past many Years. After so many days of constant boozing he is infected with Acute pancreatitis. We consulted gastroenterologist and cured with medications. And again he started boozing soon after he just felt alright. Even the doctor warned him not to booze. After few days pancreas attacked again for 5-6 times. He goes to doctor and he will stop boozing for few days and when he feels good he start again until the pancreas kicks him. This story repeated got 5-6 times. Once he also had a severe pain and pancreas attacked very badly and pseudo cysts formed around pancreas. He was in ICU for around 20 days in very serious condition. By the grace of God he also cured from that deadly pancreas attack. We have invested so much money and saved his life. Doctor has warned no to consume alcohol in any manner if consumed then you have to get ready to die. After seeing that deadly attack his wife given divorce. And after 6 - 8 months he was all fine and got a job with good package. He didn't consumed alcohol for about 1 year. All went fine. But from the past 1 month he started boozing again. Yesterday he boozed in such a way that he was literally unconscious. Me and my family unable to control his. We have warned him so many times even though he didn't listen to us and consume alcohol. We want to save him. I don't understand what to do now. How can I stop him consuming alcohol before it kills him. Please someone help me with your suggestions.

MD - Psychiatry, Certificate in rTMS, Certificate in rTMS, ECT & tDCS
Psychiatrist, Jaipur
Hi, In this situation please visit a psychiatrist cum de-addiction specialist having inpatient services. According to research 50 to 70 % substance user have co-morbid psychiatric illness. It will definitely work.
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When I was of 12 years old. I am effected with acute pancreatitis. Now I am 16 years old. Till now its not cleared. When ever I met with pain I use to join in hospital and they use to treat mee. And again after going home. After some months same continues. And I am not an alcoholic. I won't smoke. And in my family no one have that problem. Please tell me some way so that I can cure my problem.

MS General Surgery, DNB (Surgical Gastroenterology), Fellowship in Liver transplantation
Hepatologist, Delhi
it may be chronic pancreatitis. it goes like this only. you can take pancreatic enzyme supplements and life style modifications to prevent further attacks
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