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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 84-88

Acute necrotizing pancreatitis after esophagectomy: A nail in the coffin?

Department of Surgical Oncology, Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Abhay K Kattepur
Department of Surgical Oncology, Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery 670103, Kerala.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jco.jco_15_19

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Postoperative pancreatitis is an extremely rare complication associated with a high mortality rate. This report describes the case of a 62-year-old man who developed acute necrotizing pancreatitis post transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. The diagnosis can be challenging, first, owing to the confounding similarities of anastomotic leak in the postoperative period, and second, the rarity of this entity, which precludes a clinical suspicion at the outset. Hence, the appearance of pancreatitis becomes the final “nail in the coffin” in such patients who run the risk of death or severe long-term morbidity.

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