Management of a ruptured pseudoaneurysm of common hepatic artery following pancreaticoduodenectomy

Abu Hilal, Mohammed, Hallam, M.J., Zeidan, B.A. and Pearce, N.W. (2007) Management of a ruptured pseudoaneurysm of common hepatic artery following pancreaticoduodenectomy. Scientific World Journal, 7, 1658-62. (doi:10.1100/tsw.2007.249). (PMID:17982600).


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Postoperative pseudoaneurysm formation is one of the most feared complications of pancreatic leak following pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). Surgical repair may be compromised due to a persistent enzymatic insult on the repaired vessel; therefore, preventive measures should be adopted. We report a case of ruptured hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm occurring 12 days following PD in a patient with a postoperative pancreatic fistula. Emergency surgery revealed that the pseudoaneurysm was situated at the point of surgical transfixation of the gastroduodenal artery. The pseudoaneurysm was successfully managed by under-running of the bleeding point combined with the direct application of hemostatic products to the bleeding surface (TachoSil and Tisseel) to act as a barrier from the pancreatic secretions.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1100/tsw.2007.249
ISSNs: 1537-744X (electronic)
Keywords: pseudoaneurysm, haemorrhage, haemostatic materials, pancreaticoduodenectomy, post-operative complications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RD Surgery
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
ePrint ID: 172249
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 09:21
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:32

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