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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 99-101

Superior mesenteric artery thrombosis: A rare complication after pancreaticoduodenectomy

Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India

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G K Adithya
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi - 110 076
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_11_18

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Pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) is the treatment of choice for malignant and some benign diseases of the pancreas and periampullary region. Common complications after PD include delayed gastric emptying, pancreatic fistula, anastomotic leak, and intra-abdominal collection. Postoperative medical complications include arrhythmia, renal failure, pulmonary complications, urinary tract infection, and deep vein thrombosis. Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) thrombosis is rarely been reported after PD. SMA thrombosis is difficult to diagnose in postoperative period due to nonspecific symptoms and associated with high mortality rate up to 80%–90%. The patient was a 68-year-old female with lower end cholangiocarcinoma without any other comorbidity. She underwent PD without any intraoperative complications. Postoperatively, she developed SMA thrombosis. Unfortunately, the patient could not be salvaged, and she succumbs to death.

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