A case of necrotizing pancreatitis subsequent to transcatheter arterial chemoembolization in a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma.

Song I. Bae, Jong Eun Yeon, Jong Mee Lee, Ji Hoon Kim, Hyun Jung Lee, Sun Jae Lee, Sang Jun Suh, Eileen L. Yoon, Hae Rim Kim, Kwan Soo Byun, Tae Seok Seo

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Abstract

Necrotizing pancreatitis is one of the rare complications of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE). Necrotizing pancreatitis after TACE may result from the development of ischemia caused by regurgitation of embolic materials into the vessels supplying the pancreas. We report a case of post-TACE necrotizing pancreatitis with abscess formation in a patient with hepatocellular carcinoma. The patient had suffered hepatic artery injury due to repetitive TACE; during his 25th TACE procedure he had submitted to selective catheterization of the feeding vessel from the dorsal pancreatic artery with a cytotoxic agent and Gelfoam particles. The patient complained of abdominal pain after the TACE procedure, and a CT scan led to a diagnosis of necrotizing pancreatitis with abscess formation. The pancreatic abscess progressed despite general management of the pancreatitis, including antibiotics. Percutaneous catheter drainage was performed, and the symptoms of the patient improved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-325
Number of pages5
JournalClinical and Molecular Hepatology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Molecular Biology

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