Blunt pancreatic trauma: A Western Trauma Association critical decisions algorithm

Alexis M. Moren, Walter L. Biffl, Chad G. Ball, Marc De Moya, Karen J. Brasel, Carlos V.R. Brown, Jennifer L. Hartwell, Kenji Inaba, Eric J. Ley, Ernest E. Moore, Kimberly A. Peck, Anne G. Rizzo, Nelson G. Rosen, Jason L. Sperry, Jordan A. Weinberg, Raul Coimbra, David V. Shatz, Matthew J. Martin

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Background: The Western Trauma Association, case reports, and best practices per expert opinion. Some of the topics covered by this consensus group do not have the ability to have randomized controlled studies completed because of complexity, ethical issues, financial considerations, or scarcity of experience and cases. Blunt pancreatic trauma falls under one of these clinically complex and rare scenarios. This algorithm is the result of an extensive literature review and input from the WTA membership and WTA Algorithm Committee members. Methods: Multiple evidence-based guideline reviews, case reports, and expert opinion were compiled and reviewed. Results: The algorithm is attached with detailed explanation of each step, supported by data if available. Conclusion: Blunt pancreatic trauma is rare and presents many treatment challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-460
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023


  • Blunt trauma
  • Western Trauma Association
  • abdominal trauma
  • algorithm
  • pancreatic trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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