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how long for pancreatitis recovery?
Jun 10, 2004

My brother was hospitalized last week for severe pancreatitis. He had been complaining of severe abdominal pain and persistent vomiting for more than a month. His HIV-doc kept telling him it was either just a flu-bug or his time to die (apparently she was clueless about the side effects of Videx!). We took him to the emergency room when he could no longer walk, and he was immediately admitted and put on IV fluids, plus a central line and TPN feeding. After having his gall bladder out (no stones - just not functioning) and a week with nothing-by-mouth, the docs have started him eating again. After a good two days, he is continuously vomiting again. His pancreatic enzymes are good, liver tests are bad. He has been HIV positive for more than 15 years, and this is his first hospitalization. He's very down about not being able to work, and very anxious about his slow recovery. How long are HIV+ patients usually hospitalized in cases like his? Why might he be vomiting again?

Response from Dr. Henry

Pancreatitis is very tricky and can be slow to heal. I have had good luck with use of pancreatic enzyme supplements (such as Pancrease) to help with digestion and symptoms is some patients. KH



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