It is common for fluid that results from inflammatory response to build up around the pancreas after a case of acute pancreatitis. These collections of fluid are called ‘pseudocysts’ and cause persistent pain in the pit of the stomach, nausea, vomit, and can present jaundice (yellow coloration of the skin and sclera, the white part of the eye). When these collections of fluid grow or become infected, they can generate increase in pain, fever, and loss of appetite.
Draining of pseudocyst in pancreas
Depending on the size and location of the pseudocyst, it is possible to entirely drain the build up of fluid through an endoscopic procedure without the need for overly invasive surgery. This procedure is accomplished by cutting a small hole in the part of the stomach or small intestine that is in contact with the pseudocyst. The orifice is enlarged and a plastic tube (prothesis) is inserted to create a connection between the interior of the pseudocyst and the stomach through which the fluid build up will empty. Once this is accomplished, the prothesis is removed and the orifice heals on its own.