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Do children grow out of pancreatitis?

Children can recover from pancreatitis but cannot grow out of the predisposition for having another attack of pancreatitis later in life. Pancreatitis in children is not very common. When a child is affected by pancreatitis it is most frequently acute and often caused by an injury to the abdomen. In straightforward cases, without complication, children recover quickly but are now more susceptible to having pancreatitis again.

In the even more uncommon case of a child having chronic pancreatitis, it is most likely due to a hereditary predisposition to having pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis will continue to affect a child through adulthood and is usually caused by an underlying illness like cystic fibrosis.

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