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A simple and safe pancreas transection using a stapling device for a distal pancreatectomy.
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PMID:  18670834     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pancreatic fistula is the most common major complication to occur after distal pancreatectomy, ranging in frequency from 5% to 40%. The appropriate technique for treating the pancreatic stump still remains controversial. Thirty-six patients underwent distal pancreatectomy in Kagawa University Hospital between January 2000 and February 2007. Their hospital records were reviewed to evaluate the usefulness of a stapling closure using several types of staplers in comparison to a suture closure. They were subdivided according to the method used to close the pancreas stump: the suture group comprised 11 patients, the staple group comprised 24 patients, including 7 patients for whom was used the new endopath stapler Echelon 60 (Ethicon Endo-surgery; Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati, OH, USA). Overall pancreatic fistula rate was 17% (6/36) in this series. In the staple group, 3 of the 24 patients (12%) developed a pancreatic fistula, whereas in the suture group, 3 of 11 patients (27%) developed a pancreatic fistula. Of the 7 patients for whom the Echelon 60 was used, none developed a pancreatic fistula. The length of postoperative hospital stay was also significantly shorter for the patients with the Echelon 60 than in the patients either with sutures or another stapling device. These findings support the advantages of using a stapler closure in distal pancreatectomy. This method, using a new stapler device, is considered to be a simple and safe alternative to the standard suture closure technique.
Keiichi Okano; Keitarou Kakinoki; Shinichi Yachida; Kunihiko Izuishi; Hisao Wakabayashi; Yasuyuki Suzuki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-08-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0944-1166     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-01     Completed Date:  2008-12-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431940     Medline TA:  J Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa University, 1750-1 Ikenobe, Miki-cho, Kida-gun, Kagawa 761-0793, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Adenocarcinoma / surgery
Equipment Design
Hemostasis, Surgical / methods
Length of Stay
Pancreatectomy / adverse effects,  instrumentation*,  methods*
Pancreatic Fistula / etiology,  prevention & control
Pancreatic Neoplasms / surgery
Postoperative Complications / prevention & control
Retrospective Studies
Stomach Neoplasms / surgery
Surgical Staplers*
Suture Techniques / instrumentation*

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