CT after pancreaticoduodenectomy: Spectrum of normal findings and complications

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to discuss the normal findings and complications after pancreaticoduodenectomy. The Whipple procedure is associated with a set of common complications, including pancreatic fistula, postsurgical hemorrhage, postoperative pancreatitis, portomesenteric venous thrombosis, hepatic infarction, delayed gastric emptying, and anastomotic strictures. CONCLUSION. Appropriate diagnosis of these complications is contingent on an understanding of the surgical anatomy, normal postoperative imaging appearance in both the immediate postoperative and chronic settings, and typical CT appearance of each of these complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-13
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • CT
  • Complications
  • Pancreatic fistula
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Whipple procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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