Management of pancreatic pseudocyst

  • Akihito Hiura
  • Katsusuke Satake
  • Sin-Soo Ha
  • Hideki Nishiwaki
Original Articles


The natural course, complications, and management of 37 patients with pancreatic pseudocyst treated at our institution were reviewed. The lesions were classified into three groups, cysts secondary to acute pancreatitis, to chronic pancreatitis, and to trauma. Spontaneous resolution or cyst diminution was observed in 75% of the patients with acute pancreatitis and trauma, but in only 33% of those with chronic pancreatitis. The interval until resolution or diminution in chronic pancreatitis was shorter than that in pseudocyst of other etiologies, but the incidence of complications in patients with chronic pancreatitis was not significantly higher than that among patients with other etiologies. Multiple complications were found only among the patients with chronic pancreatitis. Surgical management was performed in 25% of the patients with acute pancreatitis and trauma and 66% of the patients with chronic pancreatitis. The postoperative mortality rate was 10%. Reoperation was necessary in 6 of 7 patients who had undergone external drainage, including 3 patients treated with ultrasonography-guided percutaneous catheter drainage (US-PCD). These results suggest that it is necessary to closely monitor patients with chronic pancreatitis and/or external drainage, and in these patients it may become necessary to reoperate. US-PCD was useful as an emergency procedure in pseudocyst patients whose general condition was poor, despite the disadvantages of the piercing of adjacent organs by the catheter, infection, and pseudocyst recurrence.

Key words

pancreatic pseudocyst chronic pancreatitis percutaneous catheter drainage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akihito Hiura
  • Katsusuke Satake
  • Sin-Soo Ha
  • Hideki Nishiwaki
    • 1
  1. 1.First Department of SurgeryOsaka City University Medical SchoolOsakaJapan

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