Besides asking about a person's medical history and doing a physical exam, a doctor will order a blood test and possibly imaging tests to diagnose acute pancreatitis.
(Click Acute Pancreatitis Diagnosis for more information on making a diagnosis.)
Acute pancreatitis treatment depends on the severity of the attack. If no kidney or lung complications occur, the condition usually improves on its own.
Treatment for acute pancreatitis, in general, is designed to support vital bodily functions and prevent complications. A hospital stay will be necessary for the treatment of acute pancreatitis so that fluids can be replaced through an intravenous line (IV).
(Click Acute Pancreatitis Treatment for more information.)
A number of possible complications can occur with acute pancreatitis. These include:
- Lung problems (including lung failure)
- Stomach problems
- Kidney failure.
(Click Acute Pancreatitis Complications for more information.)