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The Enteric Drained Pancreas Transplant: Another Potential Source of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Barone, Gary W, MD1, *; Webb, John W, MD1; Hudec, Wayne A, MD1

American Journal of Gastroenterology: August 1998 - Volume 93 - Issue 8 - p 1369–1371
doi: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.1998.420_a.x
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With most combined kidney and pancreas transplants the transplant pancreatic exocrine secretions are managed with urinary bladder drainage. Because of the associated metabolic and infectious complications, many pancreatic transplants require later conversion to enteric drainage, and the trend in this country is now toward primary enteric drainage. Unlike with urinary bladder drainage when direct cystoscopy can be performed, a disadvantage with enteric drainage is that problems such as bleeding from a transplanted pancreas and attached duodenal segment are not easily evaluated. A case of a cytomegalovirus-related bleeding ulcer in an enteric drained pancreas is presented, along with a review of the possible diagnostic evaluation.

1 Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas USA

* Department of Surgery, Slot 520, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72205

Received October 13, 1997; accepted May 06, 1998.

© The American College of Gastroenterology 1998. All Rights Reserved.
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