Acute pancreatitis in pediatric patients: Demographics, etiology, and diagnostic imaging

Ricardo Restrepo, Heidi E. Hagerott, Sakil Kulkarni, Mona Yasrebi, Edward Y. Lee

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OBJECTIVE. The objective of this article is to provide updates on acute pancreatitis in children regarding the imaging findings, causes, and complications based on a review of the current studies in the pediatrics literature. We discuss the epidemiology of acute pancreatitis, the role of imaging and imaging findings in the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, and the causes and complications of acute pancreatitis. CONCLUSION. The incidence of acute pancreatitis is increasing in children. Imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis because imaging findings can be used to establish the cause of acute pancreatitis, evaluate for complications of acute pancreatitis, and possibly predict the course of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-644
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2016


  • CT
  • MRI
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pediatrics
  • Ultrasound


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