Endoscopic ultrasound-guided transmural drainage of infected pancreatic fluid collections with placement of covered self-expanding metal stents: A case series

C. Fabbri, C. Luigiano, V. Cennamo, A. M. Polifemo, L. Barresi, E. Jovine, M. Traina, N. D'Imperio, I. Tarantino

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Endoscopic ultrasound-guided transmural drainage (EUS-GTD) has become the standard procedure for treating symptomatic pancreatic fluid collections. The aim of this series was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of covered self-expanding metal stent (CSEMS) placement for treating infected pancreatic fluid collections. From January 2007 to May 2010, 22 patients (18 M/4F; mean age 56.9) with infected pancreatic fluid collections (mean size, 13.2 cm) at two Italian centers were evaluated for EUS-GTD. In 20 of the 22 patients, EUS-GTD with CSEMS placement was indicated. Early complications occurred in two patients: one patient developed a superinfection, which was managed conservatively, and one experienced stent migration and superinfection, and was managed surgically. The CSEMSs were removed without difficulty in 18 patients after a median of 26 days, while stent removal failed in one patient due to inflammatory tissue ingrowth; instead it was removed during surgery performed for renal cancer. Clinical success was achieved without additional intervention in 17 patients during a mean follow-up of 610 days; only one symptomatic recurrence was observed. In our experience, EUS-GTD with CSEMS placement appears safe for the treatment of infected pancreatic fluid collections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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