Treatment for acute pancreatitis
Good nutrition, proper hydration, and necessary medication-
Aminu Mohammed is a pediatric gastroenterologist at GI Care for Kids, where he leads the efforts on pancreatic disorders.
Most kids with acute pancreatitis get better within a few days. This is accomplished quicker and more comfortably when the cause can be removed (a medicine, for example) and they are given:
- Prompt administration of fluids by mouth or through the veins (IVs) to prevent low blood pressure and shock
- Pain medication
- Proper nutrition
- Antibiotics if there is an infection.
An endoscopy (ERCP) or surgery may be needed in severe cases or when gallstones or a tumor is causing blockage of bile flow and digestive enzymes.
Complications of acute pancreatitis are rare, but can lead to:
- An infection of the pancreas
- Low blood pressure and shock
- A pancreatic pseudocyst which is a collection of pancreatic enzymes, fluid and tissue debris that forms in and around the pancreas.
- Damage to other organs including the lungs, kidneys, or heart
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