Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 9–16 | Cite as

Pseudoaneurysms and bleeding pseudocysts in chronic pancreatitis: Radiological findings and contribution to diagnosis in 8 cases

  • Jean-FranÇois Bretagne
  • Denis Heresbach
  • Pierre Darnault
  • Jean-Luc Raoul
  • Michel Gosselin
  • Michel Carsin
  • Joseph Gastard


Pseudoaneurysms and bleeding pseudocysts are rare but life-threatening complications of chronic pancreatitis. This report summarizes our experience in 8 cases collected from among 250 patients admitted for chronic pancreatitis. We describe the radiological findings of nine vascular lesions and especially emphasize the contribution of recent radiological imaging, ultrasound and computed tomography scanning in establishing the diagnosis of vascular complication. We also report a case of successful embolization of a splenic pseudoaneurysm that ruptured into the colon.

Key words

Chronic pancreatitis Bleeding pseudocysts Pseudoaneurysms Gastrointestinal tract Diagnosis and treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-FranÇois Bretagne
    • 1
  • Denis Heresbach
    • 1
  • Pierre Darnault
    • 2
  • Jean-Luc Raoul
    • 1
  • Michel Gosselin
    • 1
  • Michel Carsin
    • 2
  • Joseph Gastard
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Hepato-GastroenterologyCHU PontchaillouRennesFrance
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyCHU PontchaillouRennesFrance

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