Diagnosis of acute pancreatitis in children

Acute pancreatitis is increasingly recognized in children. With an incidence of up to 13 per 100,000 per year and an average hospitalization time of 5-8.5 days, the economic burden associated with this diagnosis is significant. On average, the average estimated cost per hospitalization for an episode of pediatric acute pancreatitis is $ 22,663, with costs reaching $ 43,000 for those admitted to the intensive care unit.

Medical ultrasound

Ultrasound (US) is a medical diagnostic technique based on the action of ultrasound waves. The images are obtained by processing the ultrasonic beams (echoes) reflected by the body structures.