Pancreas Conditions in Children
The pancreas is an organ that lies behind the stomach at the upper abdomen. The main function of the pancreas is to produce enzymes for the digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
Acute pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas becomes inflamed. Causes of acute pancreatitis include infection, gallstones, drugs, excessive alcohol, high lipids etc.
Patients with acute pancreatitis may experience fever, severe pain, nausea and vomiting. It is important to seek medical attention early for proper evaluation and treatment.
Chronic pancreatitis occurs as a result of chronic ongoing inflammation of the pancreas. The causes of chronic pancreatitis include autoimmune conditions, genetic factors, anatomical problems with the bile ducts or pancreas etc. Complications such as diabetes, poor absorption of food substances and chronic abdominal pain may occur. Patients with chronic pancreatitis will need close follow-up.