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Extrahepatic Portal Venous System Thrombosis in Recurrent Acute and Chronic Alcoholic Pancreatitis Is Caused by Local Inflammation and Not Thrombophilia.
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OBJECTIVES:Extrahepatic portal venous system thrombosis (EPVST) occurs in 13% of patients with either recurrent acute (AP) or chronic (CP) alcoholic pancreatitis. The role of thrombophilia has never been assessed in this entity.METHODS:All consecutive patients with alcoholic AP or CP were included in a prospective study. All patients underwent a computerized tomography (CT) scan of the pancreas to evaluate EPVST as well as thorough testing for thrombophilia (protein C, S, and antithrombin deficiency, factor II, factor V, and JAK2 gene mutations, homocystein, biological antiphospholipid syndrome).RESULTS:A total of 119 patients (male, n=100 (84%); smokers, n=110 (92%)) were included. EPVST was found in 41 patients (35%). The portal, superior mesenteric, or splenic veins were involved in 34%, 24%, and 93% of patients, respectively. Thrombophilia was identified in 18% (n=22), including the biological antiphospholipid syndrome, factor V Leiden mutation, and factor II G20210A gene mutation in 21 (17.6%), 2 (1.6%), and 1 patient (0.8%), respectively. On univariate analysis, the factors associated with EPVST were smoking (RR=1.6 (1.38-1.85), P=0.03), pseudocysts (RR=2.91 (1.29-6.56), P=0.008), a pseudocyst in the pancreatic tail (P=0.03), a high CT severity index for AP (P=0.007), and pancreatic parenchymal necrosis (P=0.02). The presence of hemostatic risk factors was not associated with an increased risk of EPVST. On multivariate analysis, only pseudocysts were associated with EPVST (hazard ratio: 6.402; 95% confidence interval (1.59-26.54), P=0.009).CONCLUSIONS:EPVST is found in 35% of patients with acute/chronic alcoholic pancreatitis. Local inflammation appears to be the major predisposing condition. The presence of some form of thrombophilia does not increase the risk of EPVST and should not be systematically searched for in case of EPVST.Am J Gastroenterol advance online publication, 24 July 2012; doi:10.1038/ajg.2012.231.
Vinciane Rebours; Larbi Boudaoud; Marie-Pierre Vullierme; Dominique Vidaud; Bertrand Condat; Olivia Hentic; Frédérique Maire; Pascal Hammel; Philippe Ruszniewski; Philippe Lévy
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-24
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Title:  The American journal of gastroenterology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-0241     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
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Created Date:  2012-7-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0421030     Medline TA:  Am J Gastroenterol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Pôle des Maladies de l'Appareil Digestif, Service de Gastroentérologie-Pancréatologie, Hôpital Beaujon, AP-HP, Clichy, Inserm U773-CRB3, Université Paris-Diderot, Clichy, France.
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