Pancreatitis Treatment in New York City

Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. It is a condition generally identified by abdominal pain, indigestion, and fever. The longer that these symptoms persist without treatment, the worse the condition is likely to become over time. For this reason, individuals who experience symptoms of pancreatitis should contact Dr. Fadi Attiyeh of Mount Sinai’s Division of Hepatobiliary Surgery right away for testing and treatment.

 

The 3 Main Types of Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis can be categorized into one of three categories:

Hereditary Pancreatitis

Pancreatic disease is linked to genetics. Thus, it is important to stay up-to-date on your family’s health history since any family member’s diagnosis can greatly increase your own risk of developing hereditary pancreatitis. Individuals with this type of pancreatitis will often experience episodes of pancreatic inflammation that can begin at any age.

Acute Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis is a single occurrence (or multiple, infrequent occurrences) of inflammation of the pancreas. This form of pancreatitis can be caused by a traumatic injury or event, drinking too much alcohol, starting a new medication, or as a side effect of a related medical condition.

Acute pancreatitis is still to be taken seriously and can result in symptoms as mild as general pain all the way to death. This condition can also damage other organs if not diagnosed and properly managed by a specialist. Getting the proper treatment early on is very important for those that develop acute pancreatitis.

Chronic Pancreatitis

Usually afflicting middle-aged men, chronic pancreatitis, understandably, has similar symptoms to acute pancreatitis. However, the attacks will happen more often and last for longer periods of time. Generally, this disease is caused by alcohol consumption. Over-consumption of alcohol over many years can lead to gradual inflammation of the pancreas, resulting in permanent damage if the over-consumption persists.

Common Symptoms of Pancreatitis

The main symptom of pancreatitis is upper abdominal pain that can develop suddenly, or gradually. This pain will often be mild at first, and later worsen over time as the inflammation of the pancreas becomes more significant. Other symptoms that may occur include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain that becomes worse after eating
  • Fever and chills
  • Weakness

Pancreatitis Treatment Options

Pancreatitis is often treated by administering fluids and pain medication. If the patient’s case is severe enough, he or she may be admitted to the ICU to be monitored closely. Chronic pancreatitis has to be treated with nutrition therapy and possibly insulin.

Acute pancreatitis typically does not require further treatment if the attack is mild, but in severe cases the patient will likely be admitted for intensive care to prevent any infection from developing. After an acute pancreatitis attack, it is advised that the patient avoid solid foods while the pancreas repairs itself. Painkillers and IV fluids will be administered while the patient remains in the hospital. If the acute attack is caused by gallstones, this may require surgery to remove the gallbladder.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Attiyeh

If you require treatment for your pancreatitis, give us a call at (212) 523-2387 or request an appointment online.

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