Aim Acute pancreatitis frequently involves peripancreatic tissues and remote organ systems resulting in severe complications and high risk of mortality. Therefore, the present study was carried out to assess the effect of omental flap as a new treatment of acute pancreatitis. Methods Ten mongrel dogs with experimentally induced acute pancreatitis were randomly divided into two equal groups; treated and control groups. The pancreas was wrapped with omental flap in the treated group and the pancreas was left without treatment in control group. Urea, Creatinine, lactate dehydrogenase, serum Amylase, Ca, and C-reactive protein were measured in all dogs before surgery and 2 hours, 3 days, 7 days, and 4 weeks post-surgery. Weekly ultrasound examination was performed post-surgery. Exploratory laparotomy was carried out 45 days post-surgery, all findings were reported and pancreatic biopsies were collected and prepared for histopathological examination using Schmidt Scoring system. Data were displayed as the mean ± SD and SPSS was used. Statistical significance (at P < 0.05) was calculated by χ2 test. Results There was a significant difference between the two groups in favor of the treated group as regards levels of lactate dehydrogenase, ultrasonographic findings, pathological findings and Schmidt scoring. Conclusion Omental flap can be used as a new minimally invasive effective technique for treatment of acute pancreatitis.
Mohamed Hassan, Nader Shaaban, Ashraf M Abu-Seida, Mostafa Khodeir, Reem Jan, Hisham Elsharkawy, Engie Hefnawy