Efficacy of Early Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Transluminal Drainage for Postoperative Pancreatic Fistula

Nao Fujimori, Takashi Osoegawa, Akira Aso, Soichi Itaba, Yosuke Minoda, Masatoshi Murakami, Kazuhide Matsumoto, Katsuhito Teramatsu, Yu Takamatsu, Takehiro Takaoka, Takamasa Oono, Eikichi Ihara, Tomoharu Yoshizumi, Ohtsuka Takao, Masafumi Nakamura, Yoshihiro Ogawa

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Background. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided transluminal drainage (EUS-TD) is generally performed 4 weeks after disease onset for evacuating pancreatic fluid collections. However, the optimal timing for conducting the procedure in those diagnosed with postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) has not been established. We aimed to elucidate the efficacy and safety of early EUS-TD procedures for treating POPF. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed patients diagnosed with POPF who underwent EUS-TD in the Kyushu University Hospital between 2008 and 2019. Clinical features were comparatively analyzed between the two patient groups who underwent either early (≤15 days postoperatively) or late (>15 days postoperatively) EUS-TD. Factors prolonging hospital stay were also analyzed using Cox proportional hazard models. Results. Thirty patients (median age, 64.5 years) were enrolled. The most common initial operation was distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy (60.0%). Median size of POPF was 69.5 (range, 38-145) mm, and median time interval between surgery and EUS-TD was 17.5 (range, 3-232) days. Totally, 47% patients underwent early EUS-TD. Rates of technical success, clinical success, and complications were 100%, 97%, and 6.9%, respectively. No recurrence of POPF occurred during a median follow-up period of 14 months. Clinical characteristics and outcomes were comparable between the early and late drainage patient groups, except for the rates of infection and nonencapsulation of POPF, which were significantly higher in the early drainage group. Performing simultaneous internal and external drainage (hazard ratio (HR): 0.31; 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.11-0.93, p=0.04) and conducting ≥2 treatment sessions (HR: 0.26; 95% CI: 0.08-0.84, p=0.02) were significantly associated with prolonged hospitalization after EUS-TD. Conclusions. EUS-TD is a safe and effective method for managing POPF, regardless of when it is performed in the postoperative period. Once infected POPF occurs, clinicians should not hesitate to perform EUS-TD even within 15 days of the initial operation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6691705
JournalCanadian Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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