Of the 121 patients that underwent IGPD of their PFCs, there were 77 (64%) males and 44 (36%) females.
IGPD was successful in achieving PFCs resolution without additional surgery in 102 (84 %) of 121 patients.
Failure of IGPD to resolve the PFCs occurred in five patients that developed PFCs recurrence after catheter removal.
There were no major procedure-related IGPD of PFCs complications.
There were no postprocedure deaths from IGPD, and we had one case of death in the group that required additional intra-abdominal operations.
Successful outcome of IGPD of PFCs depends on a demanding post-drainage patient and catheter management.
In spite of the definite value of IGPD for PFCs, prolonged duration of catheterization and repeated follow-up imaging and drainage revisions are the shortcomings of the technique.
IGPD, in our experience, was successful in achieving PFCs resolution in more than 84% of the cases, even though 48% of our patients had severe pancreatitis requiring ICU admission.
A systematic approach to percutaneous drainage is advantageous for IGPD of PFCs because of the peculiar situation that patients who develop PFCs are as diverse as PFCs nomenclature.