Pancreatitis is best treated initially by avoiding any intake of liquids and solids until the inflammation subsides. Intravenous delivery of fluids is usually all that’s required if the inflammation is modest and symptoms resolve in a few days.
Severe inflammation, persistent pain or fevers suggest severe pancreatitis and ongoing inflammation. Intravenous delivery of nutrients would be started if oral intake cannot be restarted within approximately 5-7 days. Severe nausea and vomiting are treated initially by relieving the stomach of fluid by use of a nasogastric tube and with antinausea medications.
Pain therapies may be administered by intravenous until oral treatments and food intake can resume.
Stones that cause gallstone pancreatitis may pass out of the duct without intervention or may require endoscopic &/or surgical removal.
In cases of infected pancreatic tissue, or a condition called pancreatic necrosis (dead tissue) occurs, antibiotics may be used to control or prevent infection.