A case of pseudocyst of the tail of the pancreas complicated by sepsis and infection of the cyst following endoscopic retrograde cannulation of the pancreatic duct is reported. Emergency surgical intervention was required. Asymptomatic hyperamylasemia and hyperamylasuria are well documented and invariably benign. Retrograde study of the pancreatic duct for suspected pseudocyst can yield reliable information. However, serious septic complications, as demonstrated by this case, can ensue and this consideration should caution against routine use of this diagnostic tool in this disease. If retrograde cannulation is performed, prophylactic antibiotics should be instituted and surgical consultation obtained.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine|
|State||Published - 1976|