Haemorrhagic pancreatitis

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio

Presentation

Acute alcoholic pancreatitis. Drop in haemoglobin levels from 141 to 66 in between the admission and 4th day. Abdominal bleeding?

Patient Data

Age: 44-year-old
Gender: Male
CT

CT Abdomen and pelvis (admission)

Marked upper abdominal free fluid localised around the pancreas, encapsulating it. Pancreas is oedematous and shows some wispy hypoenhancing regions. No pancreatic duct dilation or focal pancreatic lesion. No adjacent portal vein tributary thrombosis. 

CT

CT Abdomen and pelvis (4 days later)

The pancreas is enlarged and shows ill-defined hypoenhancing areas involving less than 30% of its volume, in keeping with necrotizing pancreatitis. Marked fat stranding and fluid around the pancreas, involving the left perirenal space, and both anterior pararenal spaces. There is a moderate to large amount of free fluid spread through the peritoneal cavity, showing an average attenuation value of 20 HU. No contrast blush identified.

No free gas in the abdominal cavity. Portal vein and splenic vein are patent. The bowel is not distended and has unremarkable appearances. A hiatus hernia again noted. Fatty liver. Contrast excretion noted within the gallbladder. The spleen, kidneys and adrenal glands are unremarkable. No lymph node enlargement.

Bilateral small pleural effusions with associated adjacent air space opacities, likely restrictive atelectasis. Diffuse mild subcutaneous oedema. 

Case Discussion

This case shows haemoperitoneum on a background of necrotizing pancreatitis

Haemorrhage can occur in patients with severe necrotising pancreatitis or as a result of the rupture of a pancreatic pseudoaneurysm, when it constitutes a life-threatening emergency. ​

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Case information

rID: 49957
Case created: 12th Dec 2016
Last edited: 28th Jun 2017
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