Genetics can play a big part in the cause of pancreatitis. Patients are frequently seen with acute pancreatitis who are in perfect health and always have been. They have none of the bad habits associated with acute pancreatitis, and it would be a complete mystery if there were no medical history forms to fill out. When doctors get to the possibility of it being hereditary then culprit is found. It seems more likely to be passed on genetically if the patients mother was afflicted with. Fortunately, since these patients have seen pancreatitis suffered by their family members or mother, then they usually are prepared, and it is caught early.