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April 1972

Hemorrhagic Pancreatitis

Author Affiliations

From the Cora and Webb Mading Department of Surgery and Department of Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Ben Taub General, Jefferson Davis, Methodist, and Veterans Administration hospitals, Houston.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(4):489-493. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180040103018

Pancreatitis associated with gross retroperitoneal or intraperitoneal hemorrhage occurred in 51 patients treated during a 20-year period. No patient treated non-operatively survived, while among 21 patients treated operatively, 9 or 43% survived. Operations performed on the survivors included drainage only, cholecystostomy, or merely exploratory laparotomy. Operation is recommended when complications occur and there is evidence of gross hemorrhage in patients with pancreatitis.