Gastrectomy is commonly performed for both benign and malignant lesions. Although the incidence of post-gastrectomy acute pancreatitis (PGAP) is low compared to other well-recognized post-operative complications, it has been reported to be associated with a high mortality rate.
A clinical research team from Taiwan reported a case of asymptomatic pancreatic divisum who underwent palliative subtotal gastrectomy for an advanced gastric cancer with liver metastasis. Their study will be published on September 28, 2009 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.
Their research illustrated early detection and aggressive treatment of PGAP for patients with pancreas divisum or dominant duct of Santorini who fail to follow the normal post-operative course after gastrectomy might improve the prognosis.
Reference: Kuo IM, Wang F, Liu KH, Jan YY. Post-gastrectomy acute pancreatitis in a patient with gastric carcinoma and pancreas divisum. World J Gastroenterol 2009; 15(36): 4596-4600
Correspondence to: Dr. Keng-Hao Liu, Department of Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, 5, Fu-Shin Street, Kweishan, Taoyuan, Taiwan, China.
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