May 1982

Ultrasonic Assistance During Surgery for Pancreatic Inflammatory Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Sigel, Coelho, Nyhus, Baker, and Machi) and Radiology (Dr Spigos), Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery, West Side Veterans Administration Medical Center (Dr Donahue), Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1982;117(5):712-716. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380290158028

• Real-time B-mode ultrasound scanning was used during 35 operations for inflammatory disease of the pancreas. In 21, ultrasonography was considered helpful in operative management of pancreatic pseudocysts, abscesses, and chronic pancreatitis. Assistance consisted of establishing a diagnosis not made during preoperative testing, more precisely localizing pancreatic abnormalities, and excluding the presence of pseudocyst, abscess cavities, and dilated ducts. Operative ultrasound is a safe and simple technique that may reduce the use of tissue dissection, contrast material injections, and radiation.

(Arch Surg 1982;117:712-716)