Single-dose intra-procedural ceftriaxone during endoscopic ultrasound fine-needle aspiration of pancreatic cysts is safe and effective: results from a single tertiary center

Authors Amir Klein, Rose Qi, Shyam Nagubandi, Eric Lee, Vu Kwan.


Background Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is universally used for the investigation and diagnosis of pancreatic cystic lesions (PCL). Infectious complications following EUS-FNA of PCL are rare. Antibiotic prophylaxis to reduce the risk of infection is recommended; however, there is no consensus on the optimal regimen or route of administration. Potential advantages of a single-dose intravenous (IV) antibiotic over a prolonged oral regimen include simplicity, guaranteed delivery and fewer antibiotic related adverse events, but there are only limited data to support this. We aimed to investigate the safety and efficacy of a single 1 g dose of IV ceft riaxone in preventing infectious complications following EUS-FNA of PCL.

Methods A retrospective analysis was conducted of EUS-FNA of PCL procedures performed at our center. We reviewed patient medical records for any presentation to a hospital in our district within 30 days of the procedure. An infectious complication was defined as fever/rigors, or bacteremia, or abdominal pain accompanied by imaging or laboratory results suggestive of infection, within 30 days of the procedure. Data collection included patient demographics, procedural data and outcome.

Results EUS-FNA of 204 PCL (mean size 18.0 mm) was performed. Successful fluid aspiration was achieved in 94% of cases. Single-dose IV ceft riaxone was given in 146/204 (72%) cases. Four patients had a complication (pancreatitis n=1, post-procedural pain n=3). No infectious complications and no IV antibiotic-related adverse events were identified.

Conclusion A single dose of IV ceft riaxone appears to be a safe, effective and convenient intervention for preventing infectious complications after FNA.

Keywords Endoscopic ultrasound, fine-needle aspiration, antibiotics, infectious complications

Ann Gastroenterol 2017; 30 (2): 237-241

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