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Endoscopic management of walled-off pancreatic fluid collections: Techniques

Authors
Douglas A Howell, MD, FASGE, FACG
Raj J Shah, MD, FASGE, AGAF
Section Editor
John R Saltzman, MD, FACP, FACG, FASGE, AGAF
Deputy Editor
Kristen M Robson, MD, MBA, FACG

INTRODUCTION

Walled-off pancreatic fluid collections are most often the result of acute pancreatitis. They may also be seen in patients with chronic pancreatitis and in patients who have suffered blunt or penetrating pancreatic trauma. Endoscopic drainage of walled-off pancreatic fluid collections is an accepted alternative to surgery when intervention is necessary.

This topic will review the endoscopic techniques used in the management of walled-off pancreatic fluid collections. The classification of pancreatic cysts, the diagnosis of walled-off pancreatic fluid collections, and the efficacy and complications of endoscopic, percutaneous, and surgical approaches used to manage these collections are discussed separately.

(See "Classification of pancreatic cysts".)

(See "Management of pancreatic pseudocysts and walled-off pancreatic necrosis".)

(See "Pancreatic cystic neoplasms: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management".)

                       
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