Gallstone Pancreatitis: Testing, Diagnosis & Treatment

Living with gallstone pancreatitis? While most cases of pancreatitis are mild, severe cases can be prolonged. If left untreated, complications such as infection, kidney failure, respiratory failure, and fluid extravasation can occur. Receiving proper diagnosis and treatment for gallstone pancreatitis is imperative to your overall health. Diagnosis can be done by testing blood for elevated pancreatic enzyme levels. It can also be discovered through imaging studies of the pancreas such as ultrasound, CT scan or MRI scan.

Treatment of gallstone pancreatitis consists of supportive care with fluids. The fluids are designed to prevent dehydration and promote adequate blood flow to other organs. Medications to relieve pain, nausea and manage other associated health problems may be administered.

In severe cases, operative treatment may be used to remove gallstones. Antibiotics are used only in treatment plans where infection is detected.

Regional Gi places a strong emphasis on educating each patient about their digestive condition and treatment options. For more information on diagnosis and treatment of gallstone pancreatitis or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.regionalgi.com/contact.