One day this past winter, a young girl and her mother visited a Boston-area emergency department. The young girl was experiencing severe pain around her stomach. Her mother explained that the girl had been struggling with stomach pains for years, and that, at each visit, her doctors had diagnosed her with constipation. But the severity of the young girl’s symptoms that day led the clinical team to think something else was going on.
The team ordered imaging. When the results came back, they were surprised to find stones and calcifications in the girl’s pancreas. Her pancreas also was extremely inflamed. Years after she started experiencing stomach pain, the girl finally had a diagnosis: acute pancreatitis.