How are you? Acute pancreatitis or sudden swelling and inflammation of the pancreas can be attributed to a variety of causes. It can indeed be treated with medications or stopping food or fluid by mouth to limit the activity of the pancreas. Usually, treating the condition that caused the problem can prevent repeated attacks. Most cases go away in a week but it can also return. The likelihood of it returning depends on the cause, and how successfully it can be treated. Repeat episodes of acute pancreatitis can also lead to chronic pancreatitis. To lower your risk of repeat episodes of pancreatitis, avoid drinking too much alcohol and have regular follow-up with your attending physician. Laboratory tests that show the release of pancreatic enzymes include like increased blood amylase level, increased serum blood lipase level or increase urine amylase level can be done to determine any recurrences. Take care and do keep us posted.