What causes ascites and pleural effusion in chronic pancreatitis?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason L Huffman, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Pancreatic ascites and pleural effusion can result from disruption of the pancreatic duct, leading to fistula formation to the abdomen or chest, or rupture of a pseudocyst with tracking of pancreatic juice into the peritoneal cavity or pleural space.


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