International Journal of Legal Medicine

, Volume 116, Issue 1, pp 43–46

Sudden death due to rupture of the arteria pancreatica magna: a complication of an immature pseudocyst in chronic pancreatitis

  • P. Lunetta
  • A. Penttilä
  • R. Salovaara
  • A. Sajantila
Case report

DOI: 10.1007/s004140100247

Cite this article as:
Lunetta, P., Penttilä, A., Salovaara, R. et al. Int J Leg Med (2002) 116: 43. doi:10.1007/s004140100247

Abstract

Massive haemorrhage due to rupture of single pancreatic or peripancreatic vessels is a very rare but potentially lethal complication of acute and chronic pancreatitis. The splenic, gastroduodenal, and pancreatoduodenal arteries are the more commonly involved vessels, and rupture occurs mostly as a complication of large mature pseudocysts. We report a sudden death due to massive bleeding caused by rupture of the great pancreatic artery (arteria pancreatica magna), a complication of a small immature pseudocyst, in a 49-year-old male alcoholic with inactive chronic pancreatitis.

Keywords Forensic pathology Sudden death Pancreatitis Great pancreatic artery Rupture 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Lunetta
    • 1
  • A. Penttilä
    • 1
  • R. Salovaara
    • 2
  • A. Sajantila
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Forensic Medicine, PO Box 40 (Kytösuontie 11), 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland e-mail: philippe.lunetta@helsinki.fi, Tel.: +358-0-19127473, Fax: +358-19127518FI
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Haartman Institute, Hartmaninkatu 3, University of Helsinki, 00300, FinlandFI

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