Endoscopic transluminal débridement of infected pancreatic necrosis has been proved to be an important alternative to surgical débridement. Recently, endoscopic vacuum-assisted closure (EVAC) has been described as a new effective treatment option in upper intestinal anastomotic leaks.
To test whether the EVAC can be applied to transgastrically accessible infected cavities.
Single-center case study.
Academic medical center.
Two patients with necrotizing pancreatitis.
Main Outcome Measurement
Successful closure of leak.
We successfully applied EVAC to treat transgastrically accessible necrotic cavities.
Small case number.
EVAC might be an important additional endoscopic treatment option for infected pancreatic necrosis, especially if established endoscopic treatment options fail.
Abbreviations:EVAC (endoscopic vacuum-assisted closure), VAC (vacuum-assisted closure)
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Published online: October 01, 2012
Accepted: August 13, 2012
Received: January 29, 2012
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