Clinical features of pseudoaneurysms complicating pancreatitis: single center experience and review of Korean literature

Ji Hyun Kim, Jae Seon Kim, Chang Duck Kim, Hong Sik Lee, Young Jig Cho, Jong Sup Lee, Do Won Choi, Woo Sik Han, Youn Ho Kim, Jong Eun Yeon, Jong Jae Park, Kwan Soo Byun, Young-Tae Bak

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pseudoaneurysm is a life-threatening complication of chronic or acute pancreatitis. This study was undertaken to evaluate the clinical features of pseudoaneurysm complicating pancreatitis. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 7 patients diagnosed as pseudoaneurysms with chronic pancreatitis in Korea University Guro and Anam Hospital from January 1995 to March 2006 and analyzed their demographics, clinical courses and outcomes. RESULTS: All patients were men and mean age was 54.6 years (range, 43-67 years). All the cases occurred in the setting of chronic alcoholic pancreatitis complicated by pseudocyst. Abdominal pain was the unique initial clinical symptom in 5 cases, hematemesis in 1 case, and simultaneous abdominal pain with hematemesis in 1 case. Bleeding into pseudocyst developed in 5 cases, flowing into duodenum through pancreatic duct in 1 case and rupture into the descending colon in 1 case. Mean duration between onset of symptom and diagnosis of pseudoaneurysm was 7.8 days (range, 1-23 days). Six cases were diagnosed by abdominal computed tomography disclosing characteristic finding of focal high density area in the pseudocyst. Pulsed doppler abdominal sonography was performed before computed tomography in 3 cases and results were negative in 2 cases. Transcatheter arterial embolizations were initially performed in 6 cases, and there was no recurrent bleeding except one case of splenic infarction. Distal pancreatectomy was initially performed in 1 case. CONCLUSIONS: Pseudoaneurysms complicating chronic pancreatitis shows various clinical features. Transcatheter arterial embolization can be recommended as a primary therapeutic modality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-115
Number of pages8
JournalThe Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi
Volume50
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes

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False Aneurysm
Pancreatitis
Chronic Pancreatitis
Hematemesis
Abdominal Pain
Doppler Pulsed Ultrasonography
Splenic Infarction
Tomography
Alcoholic Pancreatitis
Hemorrhage
Descending Colon
Pancreatectomy
Pancreatic Ducts
Korea
Duodenum
Medical Records
Rupture
Demography

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Clinical features of pseudoaneurysms complicating pancreatitis : single center experience and review of Korean literature. / Kim, Ji Hyun; Kim, Jae Seon; Kim, Chang Duck; Lee, Hong Sik; Cho, Young Jig; Lee, Jong Sup; Choi, Do Won; Han, Woo Sik; Kim, Youn Ho; Yeon, Jong Eun; Park, Jong Jae; Byun, Kwan Soo; Bak, Young-Tae.

In: The Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi, Vol. 50, No. 2, 01.08.2007, p. 108-115.

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