Brief Article
Copyright ©2011 Baishideng Publishing Group Co.
World J Gastroenterol. Nov 14, 2011; 17(42): 4696-4703
Published online Nov 14, 2011. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i42.4696
Figure 1
Figure 1 Computed tomography scan demonstrates left pleural effusion and a fluid collection extending through the esophageal hiatus that corresponds to a pancreaticopleural fistula (arrow).
Figure 2
Figure 2 Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography shows a ductal leakage (arrow) in the tail of the pancreas with the contrast spreading into the chest.
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Figure 3 Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography demostrates a pancreaticopleural fistula (arrow) extending from a ductal disruption (arrowhead) at the tail of the pancreas into the chest. A ductal blockage in the body of the pancreas precluded evaluation of the anatomy of the upstream duct in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.
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Figure 4 The algorithm for the treatment of pancreaticopleural fistulas. 1Complete ductal blockage due to stones may be approached with endoscopic or extracorporeal lithotripsy. 2Successful endotherapy: The stent inserted across the site of a ductal disruption or traverses a ductal stricture. MRCP: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography; ERCP: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.