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Distal pancreatectomy without splenectomy and with preservation of splenic vessels



Distal pancreatectomy without splenectomy and with preservation of splenic vessels



Hepato-Gastroenterology 47(35): 1444-1446



Background/Aims: Conventional distal pancreatic resection routinely involves splenectomy. The awareness that spleen removal may lead to postoperative septic and hematological complications motivated the development of spleen-preserving procedures. Successful distal pancreatectomy with splenic conservation has been reported for treatment of benign pancreatic diseases of the distal pancreas. This report presents the results of spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy with conservation of the splenic artery and vein. Methodology: Ten patients underwent distal pancreatectomy with splenic vessel preservation. In all cases, both splenic vessels were separated from the pancreas towards the spleen after transecting the body of the pancreas. Results: The indications for the procedure were: neuroendocrinepancreatic tumors (n=4), cystic neoplasm of the pancreas (n=4) and cystic-papillary pancreatic tumors (n=2). Four patients developed pancreatic fistulas with spontaneous healing and there was no mortality. Conclusions: Spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy with splenic vessel conservation can be safely performed and should be indicated in the surgical management of benign pancreatic diseases of the distal pancreas.

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