Who Benefits from Portal Vein Resection during Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Pancreatic Cancer?
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Portal vein resection during pancreaticoduodenectomy has recently experienced renewed interest. We describe our results with this procedure over a 20-year period. Among 88 consecutive pancreatectomies for cancer of head of the pancreas, 14 included en bloc removal of the portal vein. There was no hospital mortality. Only 21% were found to have histologically confirmed cancer invasion, and the remainder had inflammatory adherence. Two-year survival was 15% compared to 34% for patients who did not have portal vein resection. There were no 5-year survivors. We discuss our results in light of other recent reports.
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