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INTERVENTION RADIOLOGY & VASCULAR Table of Contents   
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 338-341
Acute ischemic pancreatitis: A rare complication of empirical gastroduodenal artery embolization


Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Karthikeyan Damodharan
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Singapore General Hospital
Singapore
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.215571

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Empirical embolization of the gastroduodenal artery (GDA) is accepted as a safe and effective treatment option for endoscopy-refractory nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) in patients with high surgical risk. Nontarget embolization is a recognized complication of transarterial embolization, however, symptomatic pancreatic injury is extremely rare. We report a patient who developed acute ischemic pancreatitis immediately after embolization of the GDA, which was confirmed intraoperatively. Interventionists as well as referring clinicians need to be aware of this rare but life threatening complication.


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