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Chirurgia 2010 June;23(3):81-3

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Fracture of pancreas after blunt abdominal trauma. A case report

Spiridakis K., Panagiotakis G., Grigoraki M., Krasonikolakis G, Kokkinakis T., Kandylakis S.

General Surgery A, Department of Surgery, General Hospital, Iraklion-Creta, Greece


Pancreatic injury after blunt abdominal trauma is rare. Accurate and early identification of a major pancreatic injury is very important because a delayed diagnosis and the possibility of bleeding are responsible for the high mortality and morbidity associated with blunt pancreatic trauma. A 19 year old woman that was operated in an other hospital for grade III splenic laceration is reported with fracture of pancreas. This injury was diagnosed 24 hours later by CT scanning. Operative findings exhibited a fracture of the pancreas between its body and tail, therefore a peripheric pancreatectomy was performed. A high level of suspicion for pancreatic injury following blunt abdominal trauma is the key for good outcome.

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