The efficacy of early ERCP in pediatric pancreatic trauma

Frederick Rescorla, Donald A. Plumley, Stuart Sherman, L. R. Scherer, Karen W. West, Jay L. Grosfeld

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Recognition of pancreatic injuries is frequently delayed, and optimal treatment is often controversial. The use of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) has allowed accurate delineation of pancreatic ductal injuries; however, the small size of children and the concern with inducing pancreatitis and/or lesser sac contamination have limited its use in children. In 1988, the authors began using ERCP for selected pancreatic injuries. This report describes their experience with this technique and examines the role of ERCP in pediatric pancreatic injuries. Six children with pancreatic transections resulting from blunt trauma were treated between 1988 and 1993. The age range was 2 1 2 to 8 years, and the weight range was 13.6 to 27.9 kg. The average period from injury to referral to the hospital was 14 days (range, 2 to 30 days). All six children presented with chemical evidence of pancreatitis and had an initial computed tomography (CT) scan; five scans were interpreted as being normal. Five of the six patients had subsequent CT scans, which showed lessersac fluid collection. Three patients were treated with drainage (2 percutaneous, 1 open [outside hospital]), and when this failed, ERCP was performed, at 13.6 days (average) after presentation. These three patients underwent ERCP relatively early in the course (an average of 3 days after presentation). All six children had major ductal transections documented through ERCP. After ERCP, the serum amylase level remained elevated in three, increased in one, and normal in one. (It was not measured in one of the recent cases taken for immediate operation.) Two children had increased abdominal pain for 12 to 18 hours after ERCP, and one had an elevated temperature (>38°C). There were no serious adverse effects related to ERCP. All six patients underwent distal pancreatectomy with splenic salvage. Five were released an average of 11 days after resection, and one had a pseudocyst and fistula that resolved after 48 days' treatment with drainage and total parenteral nutrition. The authors conclude that ERCP is safe and effective in children with suspected pancreatic injury and allows early detection of duct transection and institution of definitive surgical management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)336-340
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Volume30
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1995

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Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
Pediatrics
Wounds and Injuries
Pancreatitis
Drainage
Tomography
Pancreatectomy
Total Parenteral Nutrition
Peritoneal Cavity
Amylases
Abdominal Pain
Fistula
Referral and Consultation
Weights and Measures
Temperature

Keywords

  • blunt abdominal
  • endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • pancreatic
  • Trauma

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  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Rescorla, F., Plumley, D. A., Sherman, S., Scherer, L. R., West, K. W., & Grosfeld, J. L. (1995). The efficacy of early ERCP in pediatric pancreatic trauma. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 30(2), 336-340.

The efficacy of early ERCP in pediatric pancreatic trauma. / Rescorla, Frederick; Plumley, Donald A.; Sherman, Stuart; Scherer, L. R.; West, Karen W.; Grosfeld, Jay L.

In: Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Vol. 30, No. 2, 02.1995, p. 336-340.

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Rescorla, F, Plumley, DA, Sherman, S, Scherer, LR, West, KW & Grosfeld, JL 1995, 'The efficacy of early ERCP in pediatric pancreatic trauma', Journal of Pediatric Surgery, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 336-340.
Rescorla F, Plumley DA, Sherman S, Scherer LR, West KW, Grosfeld JL. The efficacy of early ERCP in pediatric pancreatic trauma. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 1995 Feb;30(2):336-340.
Rescorla, Frederick ; Plumley, Donald A. ; Sherman, Stuart ; Scherer, L. R. ; West, Karen W. ; Grosfeld, Jay L. / The efficacy of early ERCP in pediatric pancreatic trauma. In: Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 1995 ; Vol. 30, No. 2. pp. 336-340.
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