Not Medical Advice: It is believed that in some cases, the pancreas can heal itself. Acute pancreatitis can occur suddenly, lasts a couple of days. Chronic pancreatitis lasts for a much longer time.
Acute pancreatitis is an inflammatory condition of the pancreas that is painful and at times deadly. Despite the great advances in critical care medicine over the past 20 years, the mortality rate of acute pancreatitis has remained at about 10%.
Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal or improve—it gets worse over time and leads to permanent damage.
Chronic pancreatitis eventually impairs a patient’s ability to digest food and make pancreatic hormones.