Pancreatitis in Children | Symptoms and Causes

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What are the symptoms of acute pancreatitis?

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • back pain
  • difficulty breathing

What causes acute pancreatitis?

There are many causes of acute pancreatitis. And in approximately 30 percent of cases of acute pancreatitis, a cause cannot be identified. Sometimes injury to the abdomen — such as a bicycle or playground accident or sports injury — can cause acute pancreatitis.

Common medications and conditions are capable of causing pancreatitis, including:

  • anti-seizure medications
  • certain antibiotics
  • specific types of chemotherapy
  • other conditions, such as gallstones or infections, may cause acute pancreatitis.
If your child is an infant and cannot verbalize pain, they may be more fussy and irritable with persistent crying. It is important to remember that the symptoms can be vague and confused with signs of other diseases such as viral gastroenteritis.
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