The American College of Gastroenterology has published updated guidelines on the management of acute pancreatitis in its September issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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The guideline includes updated information and recommendations on the diagnosis, initial assessment, nutrition, and management for patients with acute pancreatitis. It emphasizes the importance of early aggressive intravenous (IV) hydration. Also, the authors emphasize the need for close observation while patients are being hydrated during the early phase (within 1 week) of management.

The guideline also discuss endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure that combines an upper endoscopy with x-rays to treat bile and pancreatic duct-related problems. The new recommendations state that patients with acute pancreatitis and concurrent acute cholangitis should undergo ERCP within 24 hours of admission.

For more information call (301) 263-9000 or visit the American College of Gastroenterology website.