Black Ascites: An interesting presentation of pancreatic duct leak

Mustafa S Ascha, Mona Ascha, Ibrahim Hanouneh


Introduction: Common causes of ascites include liver cirrhosis, heart failure, and malignancy. Pancreatic etiology is lesscommon for ascites, but is most often a result of chronic pancreatitis secondary to alcoholic liver damage or pancreatic duct leak.

Case description: The following case describes a patient with black-colored ascites secondary to pancreatic duct leak after totalcolectomy with ileorectal anastomosis. The colectomy was indicated by MYH-positive polyposis, and the there was no knownprior liver or pancreas disease. Management included pancreatic duct stent placement, and drains from the pancreatic tail.

Discussion: Pancreatic etiology is rare among ascites diagnoses; this case is even rarer due to gross appearance of the asciticfluid and its iatrogenic cause.

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Case Reports in Internal Medicine

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