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Update to the Management of Pediatric Acute Pancreatitis: Highlighting Areas in Need of Research

Abu-El-Haija, Maisam; Lin, Tom K.; Palermo, Joseph

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: June 2014 - Volume 58 - Issue 6 - p 689–693
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000000360
Invited Review

ABSTRACT: Acute pancreatitis is an emerging problem in pediatrics, with an incidence that is rising in the last 2 decades. Data regarding the optimal management and physician practice patterns are lacking. We present a literature review and updates on the management of pediatric pancreatitis. Prospective multicenter studies defining optimal management of pediatric pancreatitis are needed to guide care and improve outcomes for this patient population.

Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave, MLC 2010, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (e-mail: maisam.haija@cchmc.org).

Received 4 December, 2013

Accepted 28 February, 2014

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The authors report no conflict of interest.

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