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European Spine Journal

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 171–173 | Cite as

Acute pancreatitis complicating anterior lumbar interbody fusion

  • V. Rajaraman
  • R. F. Heary
  • D. H. Livingston
Case report

Abstract

Postoperative pancreatitis may occur following surgery in regions remote from the pancreas and the biliary tree. Though uncommon, it carries a high mortality rate. Pancreatitis complicating spinal surgery is extremely rare. This report describes a case of acute pancreatitis following an anterior lumbar interbody fusion and discusses the possible mechanisms of pancreatic cellular injury.

Key words Anterior interbody ¶fusion Lumbar vertebrae Pancreatitis Spinal fusion 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Rajaraman
    • 1
  • R. F. Heary
    • 1
  • D. H. Livingston
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, New Jersey Medical School, 90 Bergen Street, DOC building, Suite #7300, Newark, NJ 07013, USA e-mail: vrajaraman@sprintmail.com, Tel.: +1-973-9722323, Fax: +1-973-9722333US
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey, USAUS

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