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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.50 n.3 Cape Town Aug. 2012




AAST grade III pancreatic injury following blunt abdominal trauma



G L LaingI; S D JeetooII; G OosthuizenI; D ClarkeIII

IMB ChB, FCS (SA); Department of Surgery, Edendale Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal
IIMB ChB, DA (Sa); Department of Surgery, Edendale Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal
IIIFCS (SA), MMedSci, MBA, MPhil; Department of Surgery, Edendale Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal




Isolated pancreatic trauma with major pancreatic duct disruption is a rare finding; it can present with equivocal clinical signs. Serum amylase levels and diagnostic contrast-enhanced computed tomography can facilitate the diagnostic process.


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