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December 1960

Chronic Recurrent Pancreatitis in Childhood: Case Report

Author Affiliations

Long Beach, Calif.
Surgical Service, Seaside Memorial Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1960;81(6):883-886. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01300060029006

There are relatively few cases of chronic recurrent pancreatitis reported in children. Davis8 et al. report a case in an 8-year-old boy that followed a known acute episode by 8 months. Davis referred also to 3 additional cases that have been reported in the literature as of that date and stated that in all probability cases of a milder nature are not recognized. Chronic recurrent pancreaatitis is undoubtedly much more common than that small number of cases would indicate.8 Milder forms of the disease are not recognized, since confirmation of the diagnosis is difficult.

The following is a case of chronic recurrent pancreatitis that has been followed for 7 years, from the age of 10 to age 17, in which a progressive course of the disease is demonstrated. Starting at the age of 2 the patient had an attack that resulted in hospitalization and study. The attack suggests

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