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Chronic pancreatitis in children: treat like an adult?
  1. Miguel Paiva Pereira1,
  2. Filipa Santos1,
  3. Ana Serrão Neto1 and
  4. Jorge Canena2
  1. 1 Centro da Criança e do Adolescente, Hospital CUF Descobertas, Lisboa, Portugal
  2. 2 Centro de Gastroenterologia, Hospital CUF Infante Santo, Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Miguel Paiva Pereira; miguelpereira2112{at}


A 15-year-old boy with a medical background of obesity, familial hyperlipidemia and acute recurrent pancreatitis, presented to emergency department reporting a 3-day course of periumbilical abdominal pain and nausea. Pain was noticed on epigastric palpation. Laboratory evaluation revealed leucocytosis, neutrophilia and pancreatic enzymes elevation more than three times the upper limit of normal. An acute recurrence of pancreatitis was diagnosed, was admitted to the hospital, being discharged after 5 days. Four days after, he was readmitted because of symptoms recurrence. Elevation of transaminases, gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT) and direct bilirubin were noticed. Pancreatic enzymes still elevated but lower than in the previous episode. An endoscopic ultrasound revealed a Wirsung with a cephalic stricture and diffuse structural abnormalities suggestive of chronic pancreatitis. The patients was submitted to endotherapy with several sessions of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography including stenting and pancreatoscopy with marked clinical and imaging improvement. A genetic variant was identified.

  • pancreatitis
  • endoscopy
  • pancreas and biliary tract
  • interventional radiology
  • ultrasonography

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  • Contributors MPP contributed by discussing, planning, reporting and designing the case report and through acquisition of data. FS contributed by discussing, planning and conducting the clinical case. ASN contributed by planning, conducting, reporting and designing the clinical case. JC contributed by conducting, reporting and conceptioning the case and by analysing and interpretation data.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.