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Laparoscopic Pancreatic Phlegmon Debridement
Peter M. Denk*, Paul D. Hansen, Lee L. Swanstrom
Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR

Management of pancreatic phlegmon following acute and chronic pancreatitis can be a protracted, difficult course for both patients and surgeons alike. Open surgical debridement has fallen out of favor given the difficulty with wound care. Percutaneous/laparoscopic debridement via the drain tract offers an effective debridement technique with the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. This is our technique of retroperitioneal phlegmon debridement including management of bleeding.

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