World Journal of Surgery

, 35:2543 | Cite as

Post-pancreaticoduodenectomy Hemorrhage. Incidence, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • M. J. Mañas-GómezEmail author
  • R. Rodríguez-Revuelto
  • J. Balsells-VallsEmail author
  • J. J. Olsina-Kissler
  • M. Caralt-Barba
  • M. Pérez-Lafuente
  • R. Charco-Torra



Although mortality post-pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) has decreased, morbidity rates continue to be high, ranging from 30% to 50%. Among complications, hemorrhage stands out; it is associated with high mortality and there is no standard management. The aim of the present study was to analyze the incidence, diagnosis, and treatment of hemorrhage post-cephalic PD at our center.


From January 2005 to December 2008, 107 PDs were performed. A retrospective review of characteristics of patients with postoperative hemorrhage was made from our prospective database. Demographic data, diagnosis, treatment (medical, laparotomy, interventional radiology), association with fistula (pancreatic or biliary), intra- or extraluminal hemorrhage, bleeding time (early or late), severity (moderate/severe), and mortality were analyzed.


Eighteen patients (18/107; 16.82%) hemorrhaged after PD. Hemorrhage appeared early (< 24 h) in 4 of these 18 patients (22.2%), and it was severe in 13/18 (72%). Hemorrhage-related mortality was 11% (2/18) and hospital mortality was 22.2% (4/18). Arteriography was performed in 8/18 patients (44.4%) and was effective in 6/8 (75%); laparotomy was performed in 8/18 (44.4%). Re-bleeding occurred in 5 of these 18 patients after the first treatment (27.8%). An association between hemorrhage and fistula was observed.


Hemorrhage after pancreatic resection must be considered a complication with relatively high mortality. Diagnosis should be established and treatment applied rapidly. Pancreatic and/or biliary fistulae were significantly associated with a higher risk of postoperative hemorrhage. Interventional radiology is a good therapeutic option.


Superior Mesenteric Artery Pancreatic Fistula Arteriovenous Malformation Biliary Fistula Gastrojejunal Anastomosis 
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The authors are grateful to Christine O’Hara for valuable revision of the English version of this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Mañas-Gómez
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Rodríguez-Revuelto
    • 1
  • J. Balsells-Valls
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. J. Olsina-Kissler
    • 2
  • M. Caralt-Barba
    • 1
  • M. Pérez-Lafuente
    • 3
  • R. Charco-Torra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HBP Surgery and TransplantHospital Universitari Vall d’Hebrón, Autonomous University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryHospital Arnau de Vilanova de LleidaLeridaSpain
  3. 3.Department of AngioradiologyHospital Universitari Vall d’HebrónBarcelonaSpain

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