Pancreatitis, pediatric

What is acute pediatric pancreatitis?

Pediatric pancreatitis is a condition that causes the pancreas to become inflamed in children. Acute refers to conditions that occur suddenly and have a short course. Symptoms of acute pediatric pancreatitis may include stomach pain, persistent vomiting, and fever. Common causes include blunt abdominal injury, structural defects (e.g., pancreas divisum), medications, viruses, and gallstones. Acute pediatric pancreatitis may also be associated with systemic disease (e.g., hemolytic uremic syndrome). If left untreated acute pancreatitis can progress to the chronic form which is more persistent and involves inflammation and scarring of the pancreas.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is the prognosis for children with acute pediatric pancreatitis?

The prognosis for children with an acute uncomplicated case of pancreatitis is excellent and children usually recover over a period of 2 to 5 days. When pancreatitis is associated with trauma or systemic disease, the prognosis is typically related to the associated medical conditions.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might acute pediatric pancreatitis be treated?

All families with children with pediatric pancreatitis should work with their child's health care team in developing a treatment plan. For cases of uncomplicated acute pediatric pancreatitis the aims of treatment are to relieve pain and stabilize the child’s metabolism. Pain medication is given and fluid, electrolyte, and mineral balance is restored and maintained.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Where To Start


The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. Click on the link for more information on pancreatitis.

Last updated on 04-27-20

Name: The Pancreatitis Supporters Network Flat 15 Mayfield Court Off Mayfield Road
Moseley, Birmingham West Midlands B13 9HS
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Name: American Gastroenterological Association 4930 Del Ray Avenue
Bethesda, MD, 20814, United States
Phone: 301–654–2055 Fax : 301–654–5920 Email: Url:
Name: National Pancreas Foundation 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 700
Bethesda, MD, 20814, United States
Phone: +1-301-961-1508 Toll Free: 1-866-726-2737 Email: Url:

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