Can pancreatitis be prevented?

When a cause is identified, further attacks can be prevented by removing the underlying cause (for example, removing the gallbladder). Since alcohol and smoking are risk factors for pancreatitis, patients are advised to completely avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. If heavy drinking is a concern, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about a referral to an alcohol treatment center. In addition, you may benefit from a support group such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Smoking cessation clinics are also available.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/20/2016.


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