Causes of acute pancreatitis

Causes of acute pancreatitis

The difference between adults and children


The causes in of acute pancreatitis in childhood are very different from the causes in adults. In children, the causes are often:

  • Infections from viruses
  • Injuries to the abdomen
  • Inherited conditions
  • Stones in the gallbladder (more common in adults)
  • Medicines (i.e. seizure medicines)

Causes in adults include:

  • Heavy alcohol use
  • High levels of triglyceride or calcium in the blood
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Cancer of the pancreas
  • Gallbladder stones
Causes of acute pancreatitis