Chronic pancreatic pleural effusions

W. J. Anderson, D. B. Skinner, G. D. Zuidema, J. L. Cameron

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Massive chronic pancreatic pleural effusions are thought, in most instances, to be secondary to internal pancreatic fistulas decompressing into the chest. Such effusions can occur in patients with no recent history of pancreatic disease. This disease is thought to be analogous to pancreatic ascites, and the treatment is similar. Initial therapy should be conservative. If the effusion persists or recurs, laparotomy and pancreatography may be necessary for correct surgical therapy. Five cases are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-830
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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