A safe and feasible "clock-face" duct-to-mucosa pancreaticojejunostomy with a very low incidence of anastomotic failure: A single center experience of 248 patients.
Postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) is one of the most frequent and serious postoperative complications of pancreatoduodenectomy (PD). We sought to assess the impact of a novel pancreaticojejunostomy (PJ) on the rates of POPF and overall postoperative complications.Between 01/2010 and 12/2013, a total of 248 consecutive patients who underwent PD with a modified PJ were identified from our database and retrospectively analyzed. POPF cases were divided into three categories (ISGPF-international study group-guidelines): biochemical fistula without clinical sequelae (grade A), fistula requiring any therapeutic intervention (grade B), and fistula with severe clinical sequelae (grade C). Perioperative outcomes were recorded and analyzed.The overwhelming majority of patients had no evidence of fistula. Grade A POPF was observed in 9 (3.62%), grade B in 1 (0.40%), and grade C in 0 patients. There were no postoperative deaths. Overall complications occurred in 61 patients (24.59%) of patients after PD.This modified pancreaticojejunostomy is widely applicable and is associated with very low rates of POPF, low postoperative morbidity and mortality. Overall, it is a feasible and safe novel approach with excellent short-term outcomes.
Papalampros, A; Niehaus, K; Moris, D; Fard-Aghaie, M; Stavrou, G; Margonis, A-G; Angelou, A; Oldhafer, K
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