Upper gastrointestinal trauma. Analysis of 45 cases of gastric, duodenal or pancreatic injury

D Bergqvist, H Hedelin, G Karlsson, B Lindblad, Thomas Mätzsch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Injuries to the upper gastrointestinal tract occurring over a 30-year period in a geographically well defined region were analyzed. The incidence was low in comparison with other abdominal injuries, but duodenal and pancreatic injuries were increasingly common in the study's last decade. The stomach injuries were mainly caused by penetrating trauma. The duodenal and pancreatic injuries most commonly resulted from road-traffic accidents. Two duodenal injuries were overlooked at the initial exploration, in which the duodenum was incompletely exposed. Anastomotic insufficiency occurred in one of the three patients who underwent duodenal resection. Most of the pancreatic injuries were contusions that could be managed with drainage. The pancreas was severely damaged in five patients, all of whom had multiple intra-abdominal injuries. Three of the five patients died before or during operation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-643
JournalActa Chirurgica Scandinavica
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1981

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Clinical Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Upper gastrointestinal trauma. Analysis of 45 cases of gastric, duodenal or pancreatic injury'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this