The utility of the systemic inflammatory respsonse syndrome score on admission in children with acute pancreatitis

Amit S. Grover, Vivek Kadiyala, Peter A. Banks, Richard J. Grand, Darwin L. Conwell, Jenifer R. Lightdale

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Objectives Pediatric patients with acute pancreatitis (AP) may meet criteria at admission for the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Early SIRS in adults with AP is associated with severe disease. Our aim was to evaluate the importance of SIRS in children presenting with AP on various outcomes. Methods This is a retrospective cohort study of children hospitalized with AP at Boston Children's Hospital in 2010. Increased length of stay (LOS) and/or admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) served as the primary outcomes. Statistical analyses of measures studied included the presence of SIRS, demographic, and clinical information present on admission. Results Fifty encounters, in which AP was the primary admitting diagnosis, were documented. Patients had a median LOS of 4.5 (interquartile range, 2-9) days. Systemic inflammatory response syndrome was present in 22 (44%) of 50 patients at admission. Systemic inflammatory response syndrome at admission was an independent predictor of increased LOS (odds ratio, 7.99; P = 0.045) as well as admission to the ICU (odds ratio, 12.06; P = 0.027). Conclusions The presence of SIRS criteria on admission serves as a useful and easy-to-calculate predictor of increased LOS and admission to ICU in children with AP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-109
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • SIRS
  • acute pancreatitis
  • pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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