How long Acute Pancreatitis Lasts and some FAQs

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 14, 2012

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  • Acute pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas.
  • Mild to moderate pancreatitis often goes away on its own.
  • Acute pancreatitis can develop into chronic, long-term pancreatitis.
  • Genetics has little contribution to acute pancreatitis development.

cute pancreatitis refers to a condition that is marked by an inflammation of the pancreas. While mild to moderate pancreatitis often goes away on its own and within three to seven days, severe cases of acute pancreatitis can last for several weeks.


If there has been significant amount of damage to the pancreas in a particular severe attack or several repeat attacks, there can be a possibility of the development of chronic pancreatitis. About 10 percent of the patients suffering from acute pancreatitis resulting from alcohol consumption, the pancreatitis does develop into a more severe case of chronic or long-term pancreatitis.

FAQs regarding Acute Pancreatitis

Can Acute Pancreatitis develop into chronic pancreatitis?

There definitely is some possibility of acute pancreatitis developing into chronic, long-term pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis is a severe and more advanced stage of acute pancreatitis that occurs when the inflamed pancreas has caused damage and resulted in fibriosis, ductal inflammation and calcifications. It is also likely for patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis to suffer from episodes of acute pancreatitis.

Can recurrence of acute pancreatitis be prevented?

While it is not really possible to prevent the development of acute pancreatitis after subjecting the organ to possible risks, one can fairly avoid the development of the disease by avoiding the common causes of pancreatitis such as alcohol consumption, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, hepatitis and other contributors to poor state of overall health.

Could one be hereditarily linked to acute pancreatitis?

While there is no direct link of one’s heredity to the possibility of developing acute pancreatitis in the future, there can be negligent to little contribution of genetics in influencing the possibility of this medical condition.

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