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Is there any different risk factor for clinical relevant pancreatic fistula according to the stump closure method following left-sided pancreatectomy?
Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg 2019 Nov;23(4):385-91
Published online November 30, 2019;
Copyright © 2019 Korean Association of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery.

Hyun Joo Yoo, Kwang Yeol Paik, and Ji Seon Oh

Department of Surgery, Yeouido St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Received March 7, 2019; Revised July 11, 2019; Accepted July 25, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Backgrounds/Aims: Consistency on risk factors for postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) after left-sided pancreatectomy (LP) according to the stump closure methods has not been revealed. Appropriate surgical stump closure method after LP is still in debate. This study investigates risk factors for POPF according to the closure methods in LP.
Methods: A total of 49 consecutive patients underwent LP with a stapler closure (ST) or hand-sewn closure (HS) between June 2001 and September 2016. The risk factors of pancreatic fistulas were investigated in 49 LPs according to stump closure methods, HS (n=19), and ST (n=30).
Results: There was no significant difference in the incidence of overall POPF (HS 42.1% vs. ST 50.0%) and clinical relevant POPF (CR-POPF) (HS 5.3% vs. ST 6.7%) between two groups. In the ST group, the pancreas was significantly thick in patients with CR-POPF (27 mm vs. 17 mm) and the tumor was also larger (58 mm vs. 27 mm). In the HS group, the operation time was longer in CR-POPF group (515 min vs 292 min). In univariate analysis, wider diameter of the pancreatic duct (27 mm vs 16 mm) was associated with POPF in the HS group. There was no meaningful risk factor for POPF in the ST group.
Conclusions: Incidence of overall POPF between the ST and HS group were clinically insignificant in this study. The thickness of the pancreas and the tumor diameter are factors significantly associated with CR-POPF in the ST group. Long operation time was the only factor associated with CR-POPF in the HS group.
Keywords : Risk; Pancreatic fistula; Pancreatectomy


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