Digestive Health

Acute Pancreatitis Treatment

Stanford’s Benign Pancreas Program see more than 600 cases of pancreatitis each year—a patient volume that provides us with the experience to manage a diverse array of cases. Most patients who suffer an attack of acute pancreatitis require hospitalization for at least a few days. This provides the necessary support to minimize pancreatic injury and other related complications.

When a patient requires hospitalization to treat acute pancreatitis, the Benign Pancreas Program’s team of specialists offers closely coordinated, comprehensive care that includes determining the cause of the disorder and recommendations for treatment.

While hospitalized, a patient may receive:

During treatment, the patient cannot eat or drink as the pancreas needs to rest. In severe cases, the person may require nasogastric  enteral feeding—a special liquid given in a long, thin tube inserted through the nose and throat and into the stomach small intestine—for several weeks while the pancreas heals.

Unless complications arise, acute pancreatitis usually resolves in a few days. Acute pancreatitis can become chronic if pancreatic tissue is destroyed and scarring develops.

Benign Pancreas Program

Stanford’s Benign Pancreas Program has tremendous expertise in treating acute pancreatitis and the complications that can develop from this disorder. Our clinic is dedicated to the well being of individuals who suffer from pancreatitis and to the advancement of available therapies and protocols that improve patient outcome and quality of life.

In the event that surgery is necessary to treat complications of acute pancreatitis occur, Stanford’s renowned therapeutic endoscopists and pancreatic surgeons are recognized as pioneers in their field for performing innovative procedures that shorten recovery times for patients.

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