Severe Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis

  • D. L. Wyncoll
  • R. J. Beale
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1997)

Abstract

Acute inflammation of the pancreas produces a spectrum of symptoms which range from mild and self-limiting, to a severe disease which leads rapidly to multiple organ failure and death. In some patients, a treatable underlying cause may be identified whereas, in others, the insult must run its own course. Although mild, interstitial, edematous pancreatitis is more common, when the more severe acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) occurs, it is associated with a mortality of between 27–45% [1, 2]. Management of patients with severe ANP is time consuming, labor intensive, and requires extraordinary resources [3]. Despite this, long-term follow-up of such patients shows a good quality of life for patients who do survive this devastating illness [4].

Keywords

Pancreatitis Perforation Ampicillin Gentamicin Metronidazole 

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