Massive postoperative ascites following pancreatic cysts fenestration in a patient with von Hippel-Lindau disease.

Research paper by S S Gaujoux, B B Terris, J J Bertherat, V V Vilgrain, P P Ruszniewski, B B Dousset

Indexed on: 10 May '08Published on: 10 May '08Published in: Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique


Pancreatic lesions in von Hippel Lindau disease (VHLD) are frequent and mainly consist of cystic lesions, which should not be resected because of their benign evolution. Solid lesions, mostly pancreatic endocrine tumors (PET), are rare and usually occur in combination with cystic lesions. We report a case of a patient with VHLD who underwent PET enucleation in a polycystic pancreas requiring fenestration of multiple adjacent cysts, to ensure complete resection with free resection margins. The postoperative course was complicated by massive ascitic fluid effusion, probably related to pancreatic-cyst fenestration. Although this complication is well-known after liver-cyst fenestration, it has not been reported after pancreatic-cyst fenestration. This observation emphasizes that morbidity from surrounding pancreatic polycystic disease should not be underestimated in pancreatic surgery for VHLD.