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[Therapeutic ultrasonography in case of chronic pancreatic cysts].

Authors
  • Laugier, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Schweizerische medizinische Wochenschrift
Publication Date
May 29, 1993
Volume
123
Issue
21
Pages
1069–1073
Identifiers
PMID: 8511538
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Since 1975, it has become possible to drain cysts associated with chronic pancreatitis percutaneously under sonographic guidance. Thirty-seven cysts in 35 patients have been punctured by this method. After a 23-month follow-up, 24% of the patients were considered completely healed while 35% did not present with pain again. Failure of the treatment was observed in 41% of the patients (relapse ranging from 2 days to 10 months). We observed no mortality and a 14% morbidity rate. Repetition of puncture did improve the clinical result; this latter cannot be predicted by the existence or not of a communication with the ductal system. Large cysts located in the head of the pancreas and hemorrhagic cysts relapsed systematically and must be considered a contraindication for this treatment. By contrast, primary or secondary infection of the cystic content did not appear to be predictive failure factors. This method should be used, in a first approach, for small cysts in the head of the pancreas or for cysts in the body of the tail that do not bulge into the digestive tract.

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