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J Med Case Rep. 2014 May 31;8:173. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-8-173.

Complete traumatic main pancreatic duct disruption treated endoscopically: a case report.

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2nd Department of Surgery, Aretaieion Hospital, 76 Vas, Sofias Ave,, Athens 11528, Greece. avezakis@hotmail.com.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Pancreatic injury is uncommon and the management remains controversial. The integrity of the main pancreatic duct is considered the most important determinant for prognosis.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 19-year-old Greek man was referred to our tertiary referral centre due to blunt abdominal trauma and an associated grade III pancreatic injury. He was haemodynamically stable and his initial treatment was conservative. Due to deterioration in his clinical symptomatology he underwent an endoscopy 20 days postinjury, where a stent was placed in the proximal pancreatic duct remnant and a bulging fluid collection of the lesser sac was drained transgastrically. He made an uneventful recovery and remains well 7 months postinjury, but a stricture with upstream dilatation of his main pancreatic duct has developed.

CONCLUSIONS:

The clinical status of the patient rather than the grade of pancreatic injury should be the principal determinant to guide treatment. Endoscopic stenting and drainage is an attractive minimally invasive procedure and it may obviate the need for surgery. However, further investigation is required regarding the safety and outcome.

PMID:
24886125
PMCID:
PMC4096521
DOI:
10.1186/1752-1947-8-173
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