We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

Pancreatic Abscess Following Acute Pancreatitis

James L. Holden, MD; Thomas V. Berne, MD; Leonard Rosoff Sr, MD
Arch Surg. 1976;111(8):858-861. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360260026005.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


• Pancreatic abscess is probably the most serious complication of acute pancreatitis. During the ten-year period from 1966 to 1975, twenty-eight patients with pancreatic abscess following acute pancreatitis were treated by surgical drainage. A review of these cases revealed that there was a lull in the clinical course of the antecedent pancreatitis prior to the time of surgical drainage in 70% of the cases. Despite an aggressive surgical approach, there were major postoperative problems in 26 patients. Sepsis persisted in 14 patients. Major gastrointestinal hemorrhage occurred in seven, intra-abdominal bleeding in nine, and fistulization in 13. Fourteen patients died (a mortality of 50%). The operative treatment of pancreatic abscess must be aggressive and persistent. In addition to extensive drainage with soft sump drains, vigilance must be exercised to avoid pressure against bowel or major vessels. Reoperation should be considered if postoperative improvement is not sustained.

(Arch Surg 111:858-861, 1976)


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?





Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.