Title: Surgical treatment of chronic pancreatitis
- Kai Bachmann, Oliver Mann, Asad Kutup, Jakob R. Izbicki
- Editorial article
- Polish Gastroenterology
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- chronic pancreatitis, review, surgery, quality of life, duodenum preserving resection
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a disease with enormous social and personal impact. It is characterized by an inflammatory mass usually located in the pancreatic head. The quality of life is greatly diminished especially as a result of severe pain attacks. Consumption of alcohol is a leading cause in development of chronic pancreatitis. The aim of treatment is mainly pain relief and improvement in the quality of life, which still poses a major challenge today. Duodenum preserving resections of the pancreas offer the best short-term outcome according to the trials conducted so far. It combines the highest safety of all effective surgical procedures with the highest efficacy; it might sound to be the one ideal operation for CP. In experienced centers the operative strategy might be modified slightly to suit the needs of the individual patient.