Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis: Diagnosis, Dilemmas and Management

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This course may contain imagery and/or video of surgical procedures.

The field of pediatric pancreatology has evolved significantly over the past decade, growing from a diagnosis with no clear criteria, prognosis, or therapy to a subspecialty with evidence-based, multidisciplinary treatment programs. Children with acute and chronic pancreatitis are vastly different from adults and require focused pediatric care to improve diagnostic efficiency and therapeutic outcomes. Collaboration among multiple specialties, including the general pediatrician, gastroenterology, nutrition, radiology, surgery, endocrinology, and genetics is the foundation for an evidence-based, standardized approach. This session, composed of quick bites and cases from experts from one of the largest pediatric pancreas programs in the country, will provide the general pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist with the most up-to-date, evidence-based approaches to diagnosis and management of pediatric pancreatitis.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to accurately diagnose acute, recurrent, and chronic pancreatitis in pediatric patients
  2. Explain the different approaches to short- and long-term therapies in pediatric pancreatitis
  3. Explain the evidence-based pathways for identifying which patients would be appropriate candidates for surgical or interventional procedures to treat complex pediatric pancreatitis


This seminar focuses on gastroenterology and was delivered at a virtual event titled, “Acute vs. Chronic Pancreatitis: Diagnosis, Dilemmas and Management,” on October 28, 2020.

Clinical Pathways:

  • View our clinical pathway for Emergency Department and Inpatient Clinical Pathway for Treatment and Management of Non-Traumatic Pancreatitis.
  • View our clinical pathway for ICU, Inpatient, Outpatient Specialty Care and Primary Care Clinical Pathway for Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy (PERT) in Children with or at Risk for Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI).

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