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What Have We Learned About Acute Pancreatitis in Children?

Bai, Harrison X*; Lowe, Mark E; Husain, Sohail Z*

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: March 2011 - Volume 52 - Issue 3 - p 262–270
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182061d75
Invited Reviews

Pediatric pancreatitis has received much attention during the past few years. Numerous reports have identified an increasing trend in the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis in children and key differences in disease presentation and management between infants and older children. The present review provides a brief, evidence-based focus on the latest progress in the clinical field. It also poses important questions for emerging multicenter registries to answer about the natural history and management of affected children with pancreatitis.

*Department of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Received 16 September, 2010

Accepted 10 November, 2010

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sohail Z. Husain, 333 Cedar St, PO Box 208064, New Haven, CT 06520 (e-mail:

This work was supported by a Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Young Investigator Award (S.Z. Husain) and a Yale Summer Medical Student Award (H.X. Bai).

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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