All You Need to Know about Necrotizing Pancreatitis

Necrotizing PancreatitisNecrotizing pancreatitis is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate surgical intervention. Necrotizing pancreatitis surgery is one of the most difficult surgical procedures many ER surgeons dread.

Acute pancreatitis symptoms resulting from a passage of a gallstone or alcohol abuse sometimes cause a portion of the pancreas to die off and digestive enzymes and insulin to escape into the surrounding areas and tissues. Tissues affected by necrotizing pancreatitis can be potentially develop secondary infection and might require debridement to avoid major health complications. Most of the necrotized, or simply dead tissues, are removed, preserving maximum of the living and functioning tissue.

Renal failure, sudden and severe drop in the blood pressure, bleeding are just a few dangerous symptoms of the necrotizing pancreatitis. Constant patient’s monitoring and supportive therapy is usually performed including nutritional tube support that will provide a patient with all his caloric needs. Recovery times after necrotizing pancreatitis are usually lengthy in case a patient requires additional surgery performed.

Pancreatic pseudocyst is another potentially deadly situation that can occur after an onset of acute inflamed pancreas resulting in a collection of digestive enzymes, pancreatic debris and fluids. If the pancreatic pseudocyst is large, it can subsequently push on surrounding internal organs and interfere with proper digestion. Surgical drainage is highly recommended to prevent health complications.

Diet after an incident of inflamed pancreas or pancreatic cancer is a very important phase of recovery. Diet for chronic pancreatitis must be maintained for life to compensate for the impaired pancreas function. Diet for chronic pancreatitis is recommended to be low in fat, plentiful in fruits and vegetables and exclusive of alcohol.