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February 23, 1957

GAS ABSCESS OF PANCREAS

JAMA. 1957;163(8):637-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430027009
Abstract

• Six cases of gas-containing abscess of the pancreas have been observed in the Cincinnati area since 1948. It is impossible to distinguish this condition clinically from other forms of acute pancreatitis. Five of the patients evidenced glycosuria and/or hyperglycemia during the course of their disease, though none was known to have had diabetes before the acute episode. The diagnosis was first suspected on the basis of radiologic examination, which showed extraluminal gas in the region of the pancreas. Though the number of cases is small, the condition is probably not rare. The prognosis seems unusually poor.

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