Uncomplicated spontaneous rupture of pancreatic pseudocyst into stomach: A case report

Piyush O Somani, Samit S Jain, Dharmesh K Shah, Amol A Khot, Pravin M Rathi
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2013 September 16, 5 (9): 461-4
Pseudocysts of the pancreas are not rare, but spontaneous perforation and/or fistulization occurs in fewer than 3% of these pseudocysts. Perforation into the free peritoneal cavity, stomach, duodenum, colon, portal vein, pleural cavity and through the abdominal wall has been reported. Spontaneous rupture of the pancreatic pseudocyst into the surrounding hollow viscera is rare and, may be associated with life-threatening bleeding. Such cases require emergency surgical intervention. Uncomplicated rupture of pseudocyst is an even rarer occurrence. We present a case of spontaneous resolution of a pancreatic pseudocyst with gastric connection without bleeding. A 67-year-old women with a large pancreatic pseudocyst resulting from a complication of chronic pancreatitis was referred to our institution. During hospital stay, there was sudden decrease in the size of epigastric lump. Repeat computed tomography (CT) revealed that the size of the pseudocyst had decreased significantly; however, gas was observed in stomach and pseudocyst along with rent between lesser curvature of stomach and pseudocyst suggestive of spontaneous cystogastric fistula.The fistula tract occluded spontaneously and the patient recovered without any complication or need for surgical treatment. After 5 wk, follow up CT revealed complete resolution of pseudocyst. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed that the orifice was completely occluded with ulcer at the site of previous fistulous opening.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.