Unless the pancreatic duct or bile duct is blocked by gallstones, an acute attack usually lasts only a few days.
In severe cases, a person may require intravenous feeding for 3 to 6 weeks while the pancreas slowly heals.
How long does acute pancreatitis pain last?
Mild to moderate pancreatitis often goes away on its own within one week. But severe cases can last several weeks. If significant damage is done to the pancreas in a single severe attack or several repeat attacks, chronic pancreatitis can develop.
How long does it take for inflamed pancreas to heal?
It is usually caused by gallstones blocking the opening of the pancreas or by drinking too much alcohol. In 80% of people with acute pancreatitis, the inflammation either clears up completely or improves a lot within one to two weeks.
Can you fully recover from acute pancreatitis?
Pancreatitis can be acute or chronic. Acute pancreatitis is a sudden attack. After acute pancreatitis, most people recover completely, especially if the disease is diagnosed and treated early enough.
Does acute pancreatitis shorten your life?
Patients with chronic pancreatitis have a life expectancy that is roughly 8 years shorter than that of the general population. Overall, the age at death was significantly lower for pancreatitis patients compared with controls (63.7 years versus 72.1 years for controls; P less than .0001).