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How common is pancreatitis in children?
Chronic pancreatitis in children is rare. Trauma to the pancreas and hereditary pancreatitis are two known causes of childhood pancreatitis. Children with cystic fibrosis - a progressive and incurable lung disease - may be at risk of developing pancreatitis. But more often the cause of pancreatitis in children is unknown.
Hope through research
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases' Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition supports basic and clinical research into gastrointestinal diseases, including the causes of pancreatitis and cell injury in the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, researchers are studying the genetics of hereditary pancreatitis and risk factors such as cystic fibrosis.
Participants in clinical trials can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available, and help others by contributing to medical research. For information about current studies, visit www.ClinicalTrials.gov.
For more information about pancreatitis
American Dietetic Association
American Gastroenterological Association
American Pancreatic Association
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Pancreatitis. NIH Publication No. 08–1596 July 2008
Last Editorial Review: 7/21/2010
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