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Why do patients get abdominal infections after the whipple procedure?

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Dr. Umut Sarpel
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Leak from pancreas

Intra-abdominal infections after a whipple are most often due to a pancreatic leak.
This operation involves creating 3 new connections to the bowel, and of these, the pancreatic connection is the most likely to leak. Studies show that leak rates can be as high as 30%. The fluid leaks out, forming an abscess, and causing fever and pain. Most patients can be treated with a drain and antibiotics.

In brief: Leak from pancreas

Intra-abdominal infections after a whipple are most often due to a pancreatic leak.
This operation involves creating 3 new connections to the bowel, and of these, the pancreatic connection is the most likely to leak. Studies show that leak rates can be as high as 30%. The fluid leaks out, forming an abscess, and causing fever and pain. Most patients can be treated with a drain and antibiotics.
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