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Case report
Epstein-Barr virus-associated acute pancreatitis
  1. Muhammad Baraa Hammami1,
  2. Reem Aboushaar1,
  3. Ahmad Musmar1 and
  4. Safa Hammami2
  1. 1 Internal Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, Dignity Health, San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muhammad Baraa Hammami; baraa.90.hammami{at}


Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is mostly subclinical and resolves spontaneously without complications. Gastroenterology involvement usually manifests as asymptomatic liver enzymes elevation. We report a new case of acute pancreatitis complicating EBV infection and review the literature. EBV-associated acute pancreatitis is rare, usually develops in the setting of clinically clear EBV infection, occurs mostly in children and young adults, has mild-to-moderate severity, and has excellent prognosis with conservative management. It should be suspected when patients with an EBV infection picture develop unexplained abdominal pain.

  • pancreatitis
  • infection (gastroenterology)

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  • Contributors MBH and RA wrote the manuscript. AM and SH participated in the literature review. All authors reviewed and approved the submitted version.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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