The type of pancreatitis treatment depends on the severity abd cause if the pancreatitis.
It may involve a physical examination, blood test and imaging tests (e.g. ultrasound or computed tomography scan) to diagnose and assess acute pancreatitis.
Supportive treatment is then given.
Drinking and eating are refrained for a few days to allow the pancreas to rest.
Intravenous (IV) fluid is given to replace water lost from vomiting.
Medications or nutritional supplements are given via IV fluids.
Antibiotics are given if infection is present.
Oxygen is given for patients who have trouble breathing.
If sever pain or vomiting does not improve, a nasogastric tube (a thin, flexible plastic tube inserted through the nose and throat down into the stomach) may be needed to remove the contents of the stomach.
Analgesia to treat the pain.
Treatment for underlying causes: stop alcohol consumption, endoscopic removal (ERCP) removal of gall stones, surgery to remove dead dead or infected pancreatic tissues in the most severe cases, known as necrotising pancreatitis.
[Source: Dr Tan HUCK Joo, MD, “Watch that pancreas”. SF8 health at Large, Fit4Life, The Star, 22 August 2010].