Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 641–645 | Cite as

Surgical outcomes of pancreaticoduodenal injuries in children

  • Micah G. Katz
  • Stephen J. Fenton
  • Kathryn W. Russell
  • Eric R. Scaife
  • Scott S. Short
Original Article



To examine surgical outcomes of children with pancreaticoduodenal injuries at a Quaternary Level I pediatric trauma center.


We queried a prospectively maintained trauma database of a level one pediatric trauma center for all cases of pancreatic and/or duodenal injury from 2002 to 2017. Analysis was conducted using JMP 13.1.0.


170 children presented with pancreatic and/or duodenal injury. 13 (7.7%) suffered a combined injury and this group forms the basis for this report with mean ISS of 22.8 (± 15.1), RTS2 of 6.4(± 2.1), and median age of 6.6 (1.3–13.5) years. Child abuse (31%) and bicycle injuries (23%) were the most common mechanisms. 8/13 (61.5%) required operative intervention. Higher AAST pancreatic and duodenal injury grade (2.9 vs. 1.2, p = 0.05 and 3.6 vs. 1.4, p = < 0.01), lower RTS2 (7.84 vs. 5.49, p < 0.01), and lower GCS (9.6 vs. 15, p = 0.03) predicted operative intervention. 6/8 (75%) undergoing surgery survived to discharge with only (2/6) survivors suffering postoperative complications. Both mortalities were secondary to severe traumatic brain injury.


Surgical management of complex pancreaticoduodenal injury is an uncommon traumatic event that is associated with high injury severity, but survival occurs in most scenarios.


Pancreatic trauma Duodenal trauma Pancreaticoduodenal trauma Trauma Whipple 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Micah G. Katz
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Fenton
    • 1
  • Kathryn W. Russell
    • 1
  • Eric R. Scaife
    • 1
  • Scott S. Short
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of SurgeryPrimary Children’s Hospital, University of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA

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