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April 1974

Pancreatic Abscess

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Surgery, Section of General Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich; and Wayne County General Hospital, Eloise, Mich.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(4):545-551. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350280147024

Sixty-three patients with pancreatic abscess were encountered at the University of Michigan Medical Center from 1936 to 1972. The mortality of the overall series was 53.9%. No patients survived without surgical intervention. The mortality following operative incision and drainage was 37%. Limited success following surgical therapy was attributed, in part, to a delay in the diagnosis of pancreatic abscess. Attention to clinical signs and symptoms and a high index of suspicion should allow for earlier operative drainage and improve patient survival.