Evidence-based surgery in chronic pancreatitis

Mark Hartel, Adrien A. Tempia-Caliera, Moritz N. Wente, Kaspar Z'graggen, Helmut Friess, Markus W. Büchler

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Background: In the past two decades our knowledge of the pathophysiology and surgical treatment options in chronic pancreatitis has improved substantially. Surgical treatment in chronic pancreatitis has evolved from extending to organ-preserving procedures. Discussion: The classical Whipple resection is no longer a standard procedure in chronic pancreatitis, and is continuously being replaced by operations such as the duodenum-preserving pancreatic head resection and pylorus-preserving Whipple. These procedures allow the preservation of exocrine and endocrine pancreatic function, provides pain relief in up to 90% of patients, and contributes to an improvement in life quality. Conclusions: In addition to presently available results from randomized controlled trials, new studies comparing available surgical approaches in chronic pancreatitis are needed to determine which procedure is the most effective in the treating chronic pancreatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalLangenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Drainage operation
  • Duodenum-preserving pancreatic head resection
  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • Surgical treatment


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