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
For more information about pancreatitis
American Dietetic Association
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American Gastroenterological Association
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American Pancreatic Association
P.O. Box 14906
Minneapolis, MN 55414
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
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Bethesda, MD 20892–3570
SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Pancreatitis. NIH Publication No. 08–1596 July 2008Last Editorial Review: 7/21/2010
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Established in 1980, the Clearinghouse provides information about digestive diseases to people with digestive disorders and to their families, health care professionals, and the public. The NDDIC answers inquiries, develops and distributes publications, and works closely with professional and patient organizations and Government agencies to coordinate resources about digestive diseases.
Publications produced by the Clearinghouse are carefully reviewed by both NIDDK scientists and outside experts. This publication was reviewed by David C. Whitcomb, M.D., University of Pittsburgh.
1Russo MW, Wei JT, Thiny MT, et al. Digestive and liver disease statistics, 2004. Gastroenterology. 2004;126:1448–1453.
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