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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2015, Article ID 165435, 4 pages
Case Report

Pancreatic and Colonic Abscess Formation Secondary to HELLP Syndrome

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ 07753, USA

Received 6 April 2015; Accepted 30 April 2015

Academic Editor: Mehmet A. Osmanağaoğlu

Copyright © 2015 James M. O’Brien et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Preeclampsia and the variant HELLP syndrome are systemic conditions associated with vascular changes resulting in vasoconstriction. Most commonly, patients present with elevated blood pressure and proteinuria, with a background of complaints such as headache, scotoma, and right upper quadrant pain. The systemic vascular changes experienced can target any organ system, oftentimes with more than one organ system being involved. We present the case of a patient admitted with HELLP syndrome who subsequently developed multisystem organ dysfunction, including placental abruption, disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, acute renal failure, colitis, abdominal ascites, pancreatitis, and the development of pancreatic and colonic abscesses.