What We Treat

The Advanced Pancreatic Care Program treats a variety of pancreatic diseases, ranging from acute pancreatitis to rare genetic disorders and congenital abnormalities, including:

  • Acute, recurrent and chronic pancreatitis
  • Anatomical complications of the pancreas, such as annular pancreas and divisum
  • Hereditary disorders of the pancreas, such as Schwachmon-Diamond syndrome, Johnson-Blizzard syndrome, Pearson marrow-pancreas syndrome
  • Common bile duct and pancreatic duct stone removal
  • Pancreatic duct strictures
  • Pancreatic fluid collections (cysts and pseudocysts)
  • Pancreatic tumors
  • Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency
  • Pancreatic trauma

Services We Offer

Our program embraces a multidisciplinary approach to pediatric pancreatic care, incorporating a broad range of expertise, from a gastroenterologist specializing in pediatric pancreatology to a surgeon skilled in complex pediatric procedures. Our team also includes endoscopists with expertise in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP), pain specialists, endocrinologists, radiologists, pathologists, psychologists and dieticians. Our specialists are involved in nationally recognized research, as well as developing national and international pediatric guidelines for acute and chronic pancreatitis.

Patients come to the Advanced Pancreatic Care Program from across the region to receive expert diagnosis and advanced care for acute, recurrent and chronic pancreatitis, as well as pancreatic tumors, pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatic birth defects and/or anatomical abnormalities.

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP)

Associated with the Advanced Pancreatic Care Program, Children’s is home to the largest volume pediatric ERCP center in the region and is one of only a few pediatric programs in the country to offer this service. ERCP is most commonly performed to diagnose disorders of the pancreas or bile ducts. The test, which uses a camera or endoscope to view a child’s esophagus, stomach and small intestine, may be used to evaluate symptoms suggestive of pancreatic and/or biliary disease, or further clarify abnormal laboratory or imaging results. In patients with pancreatitis or suspected pancreatic disease, ERCP can also help determine, or eliminate, the need for surgery, especially in cases of abdominal trauma. ERCP is also a safe and effective way to remove bile duct stones or aid with abnormal liver function tests after a liver transplant.

In addition to ERCP, we offer other advanced endoscopy procedures such as endoscopic ultrasound and advanced surgical services, such as the Whipple procedure and Peustow procedure.

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Our Unique Approach

Children’s is the only pediatric pancreas program in the Southeast that is approved by the National Pancreas Foundation in the care and treatment of pancreatitis.

Meet the Team

Our team is led by A. Jay Freeman, MD, MSc, a nationally recognized leader in the development of therapeutic guidelines for children with pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis (CF), and the Director of Digestive Health for the Emory+Children’s Pediatric CF program. He leads a multidisciplinary team to provide unique care and personalized services for children with complex pancreatic disease.

Helpful Resources

National Pancreas Foundation

The National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic disease through funding of cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies, and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Learn more

National Pancreas Foundation: Georgia Chapter

Locations

Center for Advanced Pediatrics
1400 Tullie Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

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