Immediate vs. postponed drainage yields similar results for necrotizing pancreatitis

Immediate catheter drainage was not superior to postponed drainage in patients with infected necrotizing pancreatitis, according to results presented at UEG Week.”The POINTER trial did not show the superiority of immediate catheter drainage when compared with postponed catheter drainage,” Lotte Boxhoorn, MD, PhD, from the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at Amsterdam University Medical Center, said. “With the postponed drainage approach, less interventions may be needed, and more than one-third of patients may be treated without any interventions with antibiotics only.”Read More

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