Endoscopic ultrasound-guided transgastric drainage of an intra-abdominal abscess following gastrectomy

Satoru Kikuchi, Tetsushi Kubota, Shinji Kuroda, Masahiko Nishizaki, Shunsuke Kagawa, Hironari Kato, Hiroyuki Okada, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara

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Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided transgastric drainage has been performed as a less invasive procedure for pancreatic fistulas and intra-abdominal abscesses occurring after surgery in recent years. However, there are no reports of EUS-guided transgastric drainage of intra-abdominal abscesses following gastrectomy. This case report describes 2 patients who developed an intra-abdominal abscess following gastrectomy and underwent EUS-guided transgastric drainage. Both patients underwent laparoscopy-assisted distal gastrectomy with Billroth-I reconstruction for gastric cancer. The intra-abdominal abscesses were caused by postoperative pancreatic fistula that developed following gastrectomy. One patient underwent naso-cystic drainage and the other underwent only a needle puncture of the abscess cavity. EUS-guided drainage was performed safely and effectively, although 1 patient developed gastroduodenal anastomotic leakage related to this procedure. In summary, EUS-guided transgastric drainage is safe and technically feasible even in post-gastrectomy patients. However, it is necessary to be careful if this procedure is performed in the early period following gastrectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-376
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Endoscopy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Postoperative intra-abdominal abscess
  • Transgastric drainage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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