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Debridement and closed packing for sterile or infected necrotizing pancreatitis: insights into indications and outcomes in 167 patients.
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PMID:  18216536     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the surgical indications and clinical outcomes of a large cohort of patients with necrotizing pancreatitis.
SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Mortality after debridement for necrotizing pancreatitis continues to be inordinately high. The clinical experience with patients who underwent uniform surgical treatment for necrotizing pancreatitis at the Massachusetts General Hospital over a 15-year period is described.
METHODS: Retrospective review of 167 patients with necrotizing pancreatitis who required intervention and were treated with single stage debridement and a closed packing technique. Particular emphasis was placed on the indication for surgery and the presence of infected necrosis. Multiple logistic regression models were used to identify predictors of mortality.
RESULTS: The primary preoperative indication for operation was infected necrosis (51%), but intraoperative cultures proved that 72% of the entire cohort was infected. The rate of reoperation was 12.6%, and 29.9% of patients required percutaneous interventional radiology drainage after initial debridement. Overall operative mortality was 11.4% (19/167), but higher in patients who were operated upon before 28 days (20.3% vs. 5.1%, P = 0.002). Other important predictors of mortality included organ failure > or =3 (OR = 2.4, P = 0.001), postoperative intensive care unit stay > or =6 days (OR = 15.9, P = 0.001), and female gender (OR = 5.41, P = 0.02).
CONCLUSIONS: Open, transperitoneal debridement followed by closed packing and drainage results in the lowest reported mortality and reoperation rates, and provides a standard for comparing other methods of treatment. A negative FNA does not reliably rule out infection. The clinical status of the patients and not proof of infection should determine the need for debridement.
J Ruben Rodriguez; A Oswaldo Razo; Javier Targarona; Sarah P Thayer; David W Rattner; Andrew L Warshaw; Carlos Fernández-del Castillo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of surgery     Volume:  247     ISSN:  0003-4932     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Surg.     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-24     Completed Date:  2008-03-13     Revised Date:  2013-12-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372354     Medline TA:  Ann Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  294-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Bacteria / isolation & purification
Bacterial Infections / complications*,  mortality,  surgery
Debridement / methods*,  mortality
Follow-Up Studies
Length of Stay
Massachusetts / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Pancreatitis, Acute Necrotizing / complications,  mortality,  surgery*
Retrospective Studies
Survival Rate / trends
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Grant Support

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