Is Early or Late Surgical Intervention More Beneficial in Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis?

Jia Hong Chen, Yu Min Huang, Hwa Tzong Chen

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Objective: Infective necrotizing pancreatitis is widely accepted as a surgical disease, but the appropriate timing of surgical intervention is controversial. Some authors prefer early surgery, while most consensus and guidelines agree that late surgery has more benefit. We reviewed our institutional experience in the surgical management of necrotizing pancreatitis, focusing on the results of early and late surgical intervention. Materials and Methods: Data for patients with necrotizing pancreatitis who underwent surgical intervention between July 1996 and June 2004 were analyzed. According to the timing of surgical intervention, they were subdivided into the early group (≤ 14 days after disease onset, 7 patients) and late group (> 14 days after disease onset, 11 patients). Results: Patients in the early surgery group had more operations (mean, 3.86 vs. 1.36; p = 0.0342) and a higher mortality rate (42.8% vs. 0%; p = 0.043) compared to the late surgery group. Conclusion: Our experience was that late surgery for necrotizing pancreatitis can lead to a lower mortality rate and is more beneficial to patients, which is in agreement with most consensus and guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-290
Number of pages5
JournalTzu Chi Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute necrotizing pancreatitis
  • Debridement
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality
  • Necrosectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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