Infectious complications following pancreatic surgery
The incidence of post-operative septic complications occurring in 46 patients with pancreatic malignancy and in 49 patients with chronic benign pancreatic disease has been assessed. Infection was more common in patients with benign disease and correlated closely with the presence of bacteria in the bile. Risk factors associated with the development of post-operative infection included jaundice, nutritional impairment, diabetes, previous biliary or pancreatic surgery, alcohol abuse and the use of invasive radiological procedures for pre-operative assessment. Biliary carriage of Candida albicans was high in patients with pancreatic disease and was a frequent, unexpected cause of post-operative septic complications. © 1985 S. Karger AG, Basel.
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