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Hereditary Pancreatitis

Dana M. Whitten, MD; Murray Feingold, MD; Eric J. Eisenklam, MC, USAF
Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(4):426-428. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020430016.
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RELAPSING pancreatitis in several members of one family was first reported in 1952 by Comfort and Steinberg.1 Since then, it has been reported in other kindred in this country2-4 and Europe.5 The majority of the patients had attacks of severe recurrent abdominal pain beginning in early childhood, although the diagnosis was not usually established until adult life.

To our knowledge, this entity has not been reported in the pediatric literature. We therefore present the occurrence of chronic pancreatitis in a young girl and her mother and review the literature.

Report of a Case  Patient.—A 5-year-old white girl was referred to the Boston Floating Hospital for Infants and Children (Tufts-New England Medical Center) with the chief complaint of abdominal pain of several hours' duration. Since 2 years of age, she had had similar attacks occurring every two to four months, varying in severity, and lasting three to


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