Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy: Does size matter?

Sujit Kulkarni, Amit Jain, Tanuja Damani, Paresh Shah

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Background: The feasibility and safety of laparoscopic pancreatic surgery has now been well documented in many retrospective re-views. However, the pre operative patient selection parameters for laparoscopic pancreatic surgery are still evolving. Methods: A retrospective analysis of all 29 patients who underwent laparoscopic pancreatic interventions between January 2007 and October 2009 at our hospital was performed. Results: A total of 12 patients (5 women) were included in the study group. One was converted to open resection secondary to ex-tensive adhesions. The pancreatic fistula rate (n=1; 8.3%) and overall morbidity (33%) of this study are comparable with other stud-ies of open and laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy. In analyzing our patient subset with major complications, we found that all 7 major complications occurred in 4 patients, 3 of whom had large tumor size (>= 5cm, range 5-10cm). Conclusion: We conclude that while the morbidity does not seem to correlate with benign vs. malignant pathology, tumor size does seem to play an important role and should be a significant factor in patient selection for laparoscopic pancreatic resections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalSurgical Chronicles
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Distal pancreatectomy
  • Laparoscopic ultrasound
  • Laparoscopy
  • Pancreatic resection


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