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[Comment] Surgery versus endoscopy for patients with infected pancreatic necrosis

Acute pancreatitis remains a commonly encountered clinical entity. The most florid form of the disease is seen when pancreatic necrosis develops and when this necrotic pancreatic tissue becomes infected. Bacterial or fungal infections in this space can result in severe morbidity and in mortality.1 Historically, patients with infected pancreatic necrosis were treated via open surgical debridement—a highly invasive and risky procedure in already compromised individuals—and multiple trips to the operating room for subsequent debridement were not unheard of.

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