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Genetics Linked to Early-Onset Pancreatitis in Children

Genetics Linked to Early-Onset Pancreatitis in Children

Researchers at Seattle Children's Hospital have found that early-onset pancreatitis in children is significantly associated with certain genetic mutations and family history. "It's widely known that alcohol and smoking are easily identifiable risk factors in adults who develop pancreatitis," said Dr. Matthew Giefer, director of gastrointestinal endoscopy at Seattle Children's Hospital. "However, determining the underlying causes of the disease in children has been challenging to uncover. This study allowed us to test and evaluate the association between age of onset and characteristics of patients with acute recurrent pancreatitis and chronic pancreatitis."

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