Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy
Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) was firstly described by Gagner in 1996 . Nevertheless 20 years have passed from the first resection, the rate of laparoscopic approach remains between 10–20% in national wide series [2–4]. Recently a Cochrane review has compared the open to the laparoscopic approach in the treatment of pancreatic cancer . In such review there are no differences between the two groups in terms of post-operative mortality, morbidity, pancreatic fistula, resection margins and disease recurrence. The only statistically significant difference is the length of hospital stay, which is in favor of laparoscopic approach. Currently there is an ongoing randomized clinical trial comparing the open versus laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (Leopard NTR 5188).
KeywordsLaparoscopy Pancreas Distal Splenectomy
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