BioScience Trends. 2021;15(3):180-187. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2021.01075)

Using a multidisciplinary team for the staged management and optimally minimally invasive treatment of severe acute pancreatitis

Yin JX, Chen Z, Niu W, Feng LL, Fan B, Zhou LF, Zeng BL, Zhang J, Chen H, Tong B, Tong LF, ChenXL


Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) is a common critical disease with a high mortality rate that involves a complex, rapid change in condition and multiple organ systems. Therefore, a multidisciplinary team (MDT), including staff from the emergency department, intensive care unit, pancreatic surgery, gastroenterology , and imaging, is necessary for the early diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of patients with SAP. This involves managing the systemic inflammatory response and maintaining organ function in the early stage and managing systemic infection and treatment of peripancreatic complications in the middle-to-late stages. The MDT should be led by departments corresponding to the clinical characteristics of each stage, and those departments should be responsible for the coordination and implementation of treatment by other relevant departments. In the late stage, pancreatic surgery and gastroenterology are the main departments that should manage peripancreatic complications. In line with the principle of minimally invasive treatment, the timely and reasonable selection of endoscopic or minimally invasive surgical debridement can achieve good therapeutic outcomes. Open surgery is also an effective method for treating an intractable massive hemorrhage in the abdominal cavity or necrotic cavity, intractable abdominal compartment syndrome, visceral perforation, and fistulae.

KEYWORDS: multidisciplinary team; staged management, severe acute pancreatitis, optimally, minimally invasive

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