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Prognosis

In most cases, acute pancreatitis goes away on its own after a couple of days. There are usually no complications or further problems.

A small percentage of patients develop complications. These may include a pseudocyst or abscess in the pancreas. They may require monitoring or additional treatment.

Pancreatitis caused by heavy drinking is likely to come back if drinking continues. Over time, permanent damage may be done to the pancreas. A chronic form of the disease may develop.

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