Why did my child get pancreatitis?

Physicians discuss how a child's first attack of acute pancreatitis can originate from a range of causes, which unlike adult cases is typically due to two major causes. They note that doctors look at all of the possible risk factors when dealing with children, in order to help prevent future episodes of acute pancreatitis.

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Animation - Helping Kids and Teens Understand Acute Pancreatitis
1. Animation - Helping Kids and Teens Understand Acute Pancreatitis
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2. Slide Show - Helping Kids and Teens Understand Acute Pancreatitis
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