Incidence and prevalence

Although pancreatitis is seen more often in the adult rather than the pediatric population, it is likely to be underdiagnosed. Its true identification requires a high index of suspicion on the part of the clinician with a prompt evaluation before its resolution. In the literature, most publications on this disease in childhood are restricted to reports of either an isolated patient or small clusters of patients. Because of this, the true incidence and prevalence of the disease in this population are unknown. The most common pancreatic disorder in children is thought to be acute pancreatitis, with cystic fibrosis the second most common.

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