To assess the feasibility and usefulness of endoscopic ultrasound-guided transgastric drainage (EUS-GD) in patients who required early postoperative drainage of peripancreatic fluid collection or postoperative pancreatic fistulas after pancreatic surgery.Patients and Methods:
Between May 2012 and January 2016, 33 patients who developed peripancreatic fluid collection or postoperative pancreatic fistulas after pancreatic resection underwent EUS-GD or percutaneous drainage (PTD). Outcomes were compared retrospectively.Results:
The drainage procedures were performed on postoperative day 4 to 71 (median, 12) in the EUS-GD group, and 7 to 35 (median, 14) in the PTD group. Technical and clinical success rates reached 92% (11/12) in the EUS-GD group, and 100% (21/21) in the PTD group with no complications or mortality. The duration of hospital stay after drainage was 10 to 44 (median, 15) days for EUS-GD, compared with 10 to 39 (median, 21) days for PTD.Conclusions:
EUS-GD is a safe and useful method for early drainage, which could be a good alternative to PTD.