Prognosis for Patients with Pancreatitis

The prognosis (expected outcome) for patients who have pancreatitis depends on the age and overall health of the patient, and the severity of the condition. In mild cases, the prognosis is good.

Complications, such as severe tissue damage, infection, organ failure, diabetes, and shock, often result in a poor prognosis. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the death rate may be as high as 10–50% in patients who develop severe complications (e.g., organ failure).

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 29 Feb 2008

Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011