- Intra-abdominal abscess/pancreatic anastomotic leak
- Fever, leukocytosis, ileus, abdominal distention, usually after postoperative days 4-5
- Abdomen/pelvic CT
- CT-guided aspiration and percutaneous catheter drainage if an infected fluid collection develops
- GDA-enteric fistula
- Gastrointestinal or drain tract bleeding rare before postoperative day 10
- Usually due to pancreatic anastomotic leak with surrounding infection and inflammation resulting in GDA stump blowout
- Treatment of choice is angiography with hepatic artery stenting or embolization, not operative exploration unless as a last resort
- Delayed gastric emptying
- Jejunostomy tube placement allows use of enteral feeding which prevents the need for intravenous alimentation if poor gastric emptying occurs
Was this article helpful?
For centuries, ever since the legendary Ponce de Leon went searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth, people have been looking for ways to slow down the aging process. Medical science has made great strides in keeping people alive longer by preventing and curing disease, and helping people to live healthier lives. Average life expectancy keeps increasing, and most of us can look forward to the chance to live much longer lives than our ancestors.