Clin Endosc.  2020 May;53(3):355-360. 10.5946/ce.2019.113.

Endoscopic Therapy for Pancreatic Fluid Collections: A Definitive Management Using a Dedicated Algorithm

  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • 2Division of Gastroenterology, Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
  • 3Division of Gastroenterology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • 4Division of Gastroenterology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA


 Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS)-guided drainage is the preferred approach for infected or symptomatic pancreatic fluid collections (PFCs). Here, we developed an algorithm for the management of pancreatitis complicated by PFCs and report on its effcacy and safety.
Between September 2011 and October 2017, patients were prospectively managed according to the algorithm. PFCs were classified as poorly organized fluid collections (POFCs), pancreatic pseudocysts (PPs), or walled-off pancreatic necrosis (WOPN). Clinical success was defined as a decrease in PFC size by ≥50% of the maximal diameter or to ≤2 cm.
 A total of 108 patients (62% male; mean age, 53 years) were included: 13 had POFCs, 43 had PPs, and 52 had WOPN. Seventytwo patients (66%) required a pancreatic duct (PD) stent, whereas 65 (60%) received enteral feeding. A total of 103 (95%) patients achieved clinical success. Eight patients experienced complications including bleeding (n=6) and surgical intervention (n=2). Patients with enteral feeding were 3.4 times more likely to achieve resolution within 60 days (p=0.0421), whereas those with PD stenting was five times more likely to achieve resolution within 90 days (p=0.0069).
 A high PFC resolution rate can be achieved when a dedicated algorithm encompassing EUS-guided drainage, PD stenting, and early enteral feeding is adopted.


Pancreatic pseudocyst; Pancreatitis; Stents; Enteral feeding; Endoscopic ultrasonography
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