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Virtual Reality is Bringing Pediatric Patients Closer to Nature

January 23, 2018
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Picture for a moment, having frequent abdominal pain with nausea, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea and oily bowel movements. How would you feel? Likely not very well, as these are common symptoms for pancreatitis. In many children, however, the diagnosis of chronic pancreatitis is delayed, sometimes for years. During this time, they may experience severe pain episodes and may be misdiagnosed with eating disorders, gall bladder disease, and sometimes be dismissed as fabrication. In the majority of cases, the symptoms are resolved with supportive care (such as, fluids, analgesics and nutritional support). However, patients who meet the University of Minnesota criteria for chronic pancreatitis qualify for Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto Transplantation (TPIAT) and are being provided with a unique non-pharmalogic intervention to address their issues of pain, anxiety and nausea with Nature-Based Therapeutics.

This project is one of the first undertaken towards our ultimate goal of expanding NBT throughout University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.

Learn more about this work in this article from M Health.

 

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