Clin Endosc.  2014 Sep;47(5):429-431. 10.5946/ce.2014.47.5.429.

Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Management of Pancreatic Pseudocysts and Walled-Off Necrosis

  • 1Center for Interventional Endoscopy, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL, USA.


The outcome of endoscopic management of pancreatic fluid collections is dependent on the type of collection being treated. While pseudocysts have an excellent treatment response, the outcomes are modest for walled-off pancreatic necrosis. Recent advances in cross-sectional body imaging have enabled a more accurate distinction of pancreatic fluid collections, which, in turn, facilitates the correct triage of patients to receive the appropriate treatment. Newly described endoscopic techniques and the development of dedicated accessories have improved the clinical outcomes in walled-off pancreatic necrosis, with treatment success rates comparable to that of minimally invasive surgery. This review summarizes the key concepts and provides a concise update on the endoscopic management of pancreatic fluid collections.


Pancreatic necrosis; Pseudocyst; Endosonography; Drainage

MeSH Terms

Pancreatic Pseudocyst*
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive

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