Severe Necrotizing Pancreatitis in a Pediatric Patient with COVID-19: A Case Report

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Internal Medicine; Pediatrics; Gastroenterology; Radiology

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Article, Peer-reviewed

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We describe a 15-year-old female diagnosed with necrotizing pancreatitis in the setting of coronavirus disease 2019 with severe complications including splenic vein and portal vein thromboses, pleural effusion requiring chest tube, acute hypoxic respiratory failure requiring noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation, and new-onset insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, requiring over a month-long hospitalization. Following discharge, the patient experienced a prolonged loss of appetite, nausea, and extreme weight loss., During her prolonged hospitalization, she was diagnosed with necrotizing pancreatitis with walled-off collection which was ultimately treated with transgastric endoscopic ultrasound-guided drainage, multiple endoscopic necrosectomies, lumen-apposing metal stents, and double-pigtail plastic stent. Nine months after her initial presentation, patient's clinical symptoms improved, and her weight stabilized. This case highlights the importance of recognizing acute and necrotizing pancreatitis and its morbidities as complications associated with coronavirus disease 2019.

Keywords: COVID-19; endoscopic necrosectomies; necrotizing pancreatitis.