Surgery Today

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 181–188 | Cite as

Perioperative management for pancreatoduodenectomy following severe acute pancreatitis in patients with periampullary cancer: our experience with six consecutive cases

  • Sadaki AsariEmail author
  • Ippei Matsumoto
  • Tetsuo Ajiki
  • Makoto Shinzeki
  • Tadahiro Goto
  • Takumi Fukumoto
  • Yonson Ku
Original Article



We rarely have an opportunity to perform pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) following the onset of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) for patients with periampullary cancer. The perioperative risks and optimal timing of subsequent PD have, therefore, remained unclear.


Between January 2006 and December 2012, we performed PD in six patients with SAP. We reviewed these six cases, and compared the perioperative risks of morbidity and mortality with those of 81 concurrent PD patients matched for primary cancer without preoperative SAP.


The six patients were classified as having SAP based on the Japanese criteria developed in 2008. The SAP in five patients was caused by ERCP procedures. The median interval from SAP onset to the operation was 111 days. The rate of Grade B/C postoperative pancreatic fistula formation in the SAP patients was significantly higher than that of the 81 control patients (83 vs. 26 %, P < 0.001). In addition, the median postoperative hospital stay was significantly longer in the six SAP patients relative to that of the control patients (40 vs. 30 days, P < 0.001).


An interval of at least 3 months after surgery may be needed to decrease the inflammation of the peripancreas region after SAP. Therefore, unnecessary and low-yield ERCP procedures should be avoided in these patients.


Severe acute pancreatitis Pancreatoduodenectomy ERCP 







Acute pancreatitis


C-reactive protein


Computed tomography


Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography


Endoscopic ultrasonography




Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm


Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography




Pylorus-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy


Severe post-ERCP pancreatitis


Postoperative pancreatic fistula


Radiation therapy


Severe acute pancreatitis


Subtotal stomach-preserving pancreatoduodenectomy


Total pancreatectomy


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sadaki Asari
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ippei Matsumoto
    • 1
  • Tetsuo Ajiki
    • 1
  • Makoto Shinzeki
    • 1
  • Tadahiro Goto
    • 1
  • Takumi Fukumoto
    • 1
  • Yonson Ku
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Department of SurgeryKobe University Graduate School of MedicineKobeJapan

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