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Management of pancreatic pseudocysts and walled-off pancreatic necrosis

Douglas A Howell, MD, FASGE, FACG
Section Editor
David C Whitcomb, MD, PhD
Deputy Editor
Kristen M Robson, MD, MBA, FACG


Pancreatic pseudocysts and walled-off pancreatic necrosis are 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.

This topic will discuss the overall approach to management of pancreatic pseudocysts and walled-off pancreatic necrosis (WOPN). The classification of pancreatic cysts, the endoscopic and surgical techniques used to manage pancreatic fluid collections, and the efficacy and complications of these techniques are discussed separately:

(See "Classification of pancreatic cysts".)

(See "Endoscopic management of walled-off pancreatic fluid collections: Techniques".)

(See "Pancreatic debridement".)

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