Acute Pancreatitis in Children: Updates in Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Management
- Acute pancreatitis (AP), manifesting as acute onset of abdominal pain, vomiting, and nausea, is increasingly being recognized in children secondary to increased awareness, more identifiable etiologies as well as advances in diagnostic capabilities, like imaging. Despite this increased awareness and ability for more frequent diagnoses, the natural history of AP remains poorly understood leading to gaps in approach and management, especially in children. Coupled with poor epidemiologic and management awareness, there remains a lack of understanding of the long term implications of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). Hence, the role of the primary care clinician in the early diagnosis, and management, remains critical and may affect the need for consultation with pediatric sub-specialists like gastroenterologists. This review provides guidelines regarding epidemiology, diagnosis, and management strategies to address some of these gaps.
Saeed, S. A.
(2020). Acute Pancreatitis in Children: Updates in Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Management. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 50 (8), 100839.