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doi: 10.3810/psm.2008.12.19
The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Volume 36: No.1
Pancreatic Injury Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma during a Soccer Game
Chiara Dobrinja, MD; Mauro Roseano, MD; Marta Pravato, MD; And Gennaro Liguori, MD
Abstract: This article reports a case of unusual pancreatic trauma, underestimated initially and treated surgically at a later stage. A 26-year-old man presented with an abdominal trauma sustained during a soccer game. The patient arrived 24 hours after the trauma with abdominal pain associated to vomiting and intestinal occlusion. Laboratory tests revealed elevated serum amylase levels. An abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan showed a pancreatic parenchymal dishomogeneity at the passage between body and tail, highly suspicious for pancreatic full thickness laceration. Magnetic resonance pancreatography (MRP) demonstrated possible duct involvement. The patient was urgently submitted to distal pancreatectomy with splenectomy. This case demonstrates a rare mechanism of injury and the potential importance of serial CT scans in the diagnosis, grading, and management of isolated pancreatic injury.

Keywords: pancreatic injury; blunt abdominal trauma; pancreas; duct disruption


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