Gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm secondary to pancreatic head biopsy

Ryan Young, Singh Gagandeep, Edward Grant, Suzanne Palmer, Rodrigo Mateo, Rick Selby, Yuri Genyk, Nicolas Jabbour*

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Pseudoaneurysms of the gastroduodenal artery are rare. They are usually postoperative or postprocedure complications or secondary to pancreatitis. Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal bleeding are the most common symptoms. Once diagnosed, pseudoaneurysms require immediate treatment because they have a potential to rupture, which is associated with a high rate of mortality. Transcatheter selective embolotherapy is the procedure of choice for this clinical entity. We report the case of an 80-year-old woman in whom a visceral artery pseudoaneurysm developed secondary to a percutaneous pancreatic head biopsy. Computed tomography (CT) and sonography provided the initial diagnosis for a pseudoaneurysm of the gastroduodenal artery, which was confirmed by celiac arteriography and successfully treated by arterial embolization. We discuss the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of visceral pseudoaneurysms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-1001
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


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