Author(s): Eddy JJ, Lynch GE, Treacy DE
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Pancreatic pseudocyst in pregnancy is a rare condition whose management is not standardized. STUDY DESIGN: We combine one case report with nine others published in the literature since 1980. The cases are compiled to provide a descriptive review of this condition. RESULTS: The natural history of pancreatic pseudocysts in pregnancy appears similar to that in nongravid patients. Hyperlipidemia is overrepresented as a cause of pancreatic pseudocysts in pregnancy, causing more cases than alcoholic and biliary pancreatitis combined. Seventy-five percent of cases of known parity was primaparous. While in some cases percutaneous or endoscopic drainage was performed antepartum, most patients were conservatively managed until delivery. Despite two cases of successful vaginal delivery, cesarian section may be preferable for large pseudocysts to avert rupture.
This article was published in J Perinatol
and referenced in Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy