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Children/Pediatric Pancreatic Disease

Acute Pancreatitis in Children

Acute pancreatitis is irritation of the pancreas. Your child’s pancreas is an organ located in the upper abdomen that is important for digestion and blood sugar regulation.

Pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas sustains injury and becomes inflamed. There are a variety of different reasons that the pancreas can become injured. This initial event triggers inflammation. As the inflammation proceeds, further injury to the pancreas occurs. The extent of this damage determines the severity of acute pancreatitis. The damage and irritation to the pancreas typically resolves over time. Thus, acute pancreatitis is a reversible inflammation of the pancreas. To read more, please visit Acute Pancreatitis in Children.

Chronic Pancreatitis in Children

Chronic pancreatitis describes a condition in which your child’s pancreas has been progressively irritated and becomes irreversibly damaged. This damage causes scarring in the pancreas and leads to the loss of a portion of digestive function. It may cause diabetes, as well. To read more, please visit Chronic Pancreatitis in Children.


Childhood Inherited Pancreatic Disorders

There is an extremely wide spectrum of inherited pancreatic disorders in childhood. Depending on the condition symptoms can develop at any time from birth to adulthood. For more information on this topic, please visit Childhood Inherited Pancreas Disorders.


Online Support

Starbright World is an online community and a private social network for teenagers aged 13-20 with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. It is also available to teen siblings. Starbright allows users to send messages to other users, upload photos and videos, post to message boards, and engage in moderated chats in a chat room providing peer-to-peer support and encouragement.

National Pancreas Foundation YouTube channel. The NPF holds patient education events throughout the country. Our Youtube channel is a platform we use to host recorded talks on pancreatitis. There are pediatric pancreatitis talks available that we find are helpful to learn more about the disease and options.

Helpful Resources

The Pediatric Pancreatitis Passport and Action Plan is a document designed by the Pancreas Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) in collaboration with patient advocacy groups including the National Pancreas Foundation, Rebecca’s Wish, and Mission Cure.

School creates many unique challenges for a pediatric pancreatitis patient. The Pediatric Pancreatitis School Toolkit aims to provide parents, school administrators, and teachers access to helpful information and suggestions to navigate the daily difficulties and obstacles pediatric pancreatitis patients experience while attending school. The information is helpful to anyone who takes care of a child with pancreatitis including after-school caregivers, camp counselors, and day-care personnel.