Complications after pancreaticoduodenectomy: Intraabdominal abscess

Richard D. Schulick

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The development of intraabdominal abscess (IAA) following pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is an important problem. It is a common cause of readmission to the hospital following discharge. Rates of IAA do not appear to depend on whether the pancreas is anastomosed to the stomach or jejunum, nor whether a duct-to-mucosa or invagination technique is used. Most surgeons favor the use of closed-suction drains after PD. The use of fibrin glue sealant does not appear to reduce the rate of IAA. The use of preoperative biliary stenting increases wound infection rates, but not IAA rates. The use of internal and external pancreatic duct stents with PD to prevent IAA have yielded mixed results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • Complication
  • Intraabdominal abscess
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology


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