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2022 Sep 09

Int J Surg Case Rep


Hemosuccus pancreaticus as an unusual cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding: Case report and literature review.


Ayala D, González T J, Pedroza F, Chaves C E R, Conde D, Sabogal Olarte J C
Int J Surg Case Rep. 2022 Sep 09; 99:107624.
PMID: 36113372.


Hemosuccus pancreaticus is a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding (1/1500) and represents the loss of blood through the main pancreatic duct and its exteriorization through the major duodenal papilla. It can lead to massive bleeding, which is potentially life-threatening. This condition most commonly follows pseudoaneurysm formation due to acute or chronic pancreatitis. As a result of its infrequency, it is difficult to diagnose, and the mortality rate remains high. To our knowledge, this is the first case report on the Latin-American population.