Traumatic injuries of the pancreas

Am J Surg. 1978 Dec;136(6):744-8. doi: 10.1016/0002-9610(78)90349-5.


Traumatic injuries of the pancreas have evolved from an uncommon encounter of even wartime wounds to a relatively common injury of today's civilian strife. A review of 448 patients sustaining pancreatic trauma demonstrated that the pancreatic injury alone contributes little to immediate or late mortality but is frequently a source of postoperative morbidity. Complications of pancreatic injury comprise almost half of those observed after trauma in such patients, but for the most part are self-limited and easily cared for. Survival among patients sustaining pancreatic injury depends mainly upon the degree of success with which the multiple associated injuries can be managed.

MeSH terms

  • Debridement
  • Drainage
  • Humans
  • Pancreas / injuries*
  • Pancreas / surgery
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / mortality
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / surgery
  • Wounds, Penetrating / mortality
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery