When it comes to pancreatitis, there are three main types – acute pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, and hereditary pancreatitis. But what’s the difference between these three types and how are they treated? In this article, we are going to discuss the three basic types of pancreatitis, and how to treat each.
Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis
The most basic distinction of pancreatitis is whether the condition is acute or chronic. Essentially, acute means short-term, while chronic means long-lasting or recurring. Acute pancreatitis typically resolves within a few days. However, it does often require pain medication, antibiotics, and IV fluids.
Chronic pancreatitis requires a more complex approach to treatment. Patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis may require a long hospital stay to manage pain and provide hydration via IV. Long-term, patients will have to adjust their diet and perhaps take an enzyme supplement. If there is a lot of damage to the pancreas, surgery may be required to remove parts of the pancreas.
Hereditary pancreatitis is simply pancreatitis that runs in the family. Hereditary pancreatitis can be either acute or chronic. Diagnosis typically begins with a review of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam. Diagnostic tests can help narrow down a diagnosis. A patient who has pancreatitis in their family should be screened for the condition earlier and more frequently than others. Treatment is patient-specific and will depend on the extent of the condition.
Pancreas Doctor in Bloomington, MN
Dr. Bhatti has performed more than 40,000 advanced gastroenterology procedures over his two decades in practice. That makes him one of the most skilled and experienced GI doctors in the state. No matter what type of gastrointestinal symptoms you are experiencing, we can help provide a full diagnosis and recommend treatment options. Reach out to us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bhatti at our Chaska or Edina GI clinic locations.