Pediatric Pancreatic Fluid Collections

Pediatric Pancreatic Fluid Collections


What are pancreatic fluid collections?

Pancreatic fluid collections are a complication of pancreatitis or pancreas disease.

Expanded overview

Children who have acute (sudden) or chronic (ongoing) pancreatitis may develop pancreatic fluid collections as a result. These fluid collections typically form into a pseudocyst (fluid-filled mass). In this case, the mass is filled with pancreatic juices that have leaked out of the pancreatic duct.

What causes pancreatic fluid collections?

Most pancreatic fluid collections happen after a child has an episode of acute pancreatitis. Other causes include:

What are the risk factors for pancreatic fluid collections?

Your child is at greater risk for having pancreatic fluid collections if they have pancreas disease.

What are the symptoms for pancreatic fluid collections?

Sometimes, pancreatic fluid collections cause no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include:

  • Abdominal pain 
  • Deep ache in the abdomen
  • Feeling of being bloated
  • Fever
  • Indigestion

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