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Chronic Calcific Pancreatitis PresentingWith Stunting And Diabetes Mellitus

MU Amadife
DC Muogbo


We report the case of a 16 year old boy who presented with 8 months history of weight loss, 3 months history of polydypsia, polyuria and polyphagia. The child had poor growth since age of 5 years, during which time he developed recurrent abdominal pain for 4 years. A diagnosis of chronic calcific pancreatitis complicated by stunting and diabetes mellitus was made on the basis of weight/height ratio less than 5th NCHS percentile for his age, fasting blood sugar of 233mg/dl, and presence of calcifications over the
pancreatic area on a plain abdominal X-ray. This case is reported due to the rarity of this condition in children. It is also the first to be seen in our hospital. It will serve to alert the Paediatrician to such clinical condition in children with chronic abdominal pain. In this case, symptoms of diabetes mellitus were the reasons for seeking medical attention and it also shows how chronic pancreatits led to insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.

Keywords: Chronic Calcific Pancreatitis, Stunting, Diabetes Mellitus.

Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol. 11 (3) 2008: pp. 254-256