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Revista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia

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BALLEN PARRAGA, Hernán. Antibiotic prophylaxis in acute pancreatitis: Yes. Rev Col Gastroenterol [online]. 2010, vol.25, n.3, pp.266-269. ISSN 0120-9957.

Acute pancreatitis continues to be an entity with a varied course and different degrees of morbidity. There continues to be an important controversy regarding management of this entity in which many areas of uncertainty still need to be resolved. In this section we present a discussion about the role of antibiotics in the prevention of pancreatic infections. These infections are the primary cause of death among patients with acute pancreatitis. Interestingly, evidence exists both for and against the use of antibiotic prophylaxis. In fact successive guides published within a relative short period of time have opted for one or the other option. In these two articles we review the literature and extrapolate its implications for practice in our environment.

Keywords : Acute pancreatitis; antibiotics; prophylaxis.

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