Topal B, Fieuws S, Aerts R, et al. Pancreaticojejunostomy versus pancreaticogastrostomy reconstruction after pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic or periampullary tumours: a multicentre randomised trial

University Hospitals KU Leuven, Abdominal Surgery, Leuven, Belgium. Electronic address: .
The Lancet Oncology (Impact Factor: 24.69). 06/2013; 14(7):655–662. DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(13)70126-8


Postoperative pancreatic fistula is the leading cause of death and morbidity after pancreaticoduodenectomy. However, the best reconstruction method to reduce occurrence of fistula is debated. We did a multicentre, randomised superiority trial to compare the outcomes of different reconstructive techniques in patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic or periampullary tumours.

Patients aged 18–85 years with confirmed or suspected neoplasms of the pancreas, distal bile duct, ampulla vateri, duodenum, or periampullary tumours were eligible for inclusion. An internet-based platform was used to randomly assign patients to either pancreaticojejunostomy or pancreaticogastrostomy as reconstruction after pancreaticoduodenectomy, using permuted blocks with six patients per block. Within each centre the randomisation was stratified on the pancreatic duct diameter (≤3 mm vs >3 mm) measured at the time of surgery. The primary endpoint was the occurrence of clinical postoperative pancreatic fistula (grade B or C) as defined by the International Study Group on Pancreatic Fistula. The study was not masked and analyses were done by intention to treat. Patient follow-up was closed 2 months after discharge from the hospital. This study is registered with, number NCT00830778.

Between June, 2009, and August, 2012, we randomly allocated 167 patients to receive pancreaticojejunostomy and 162 to receive pancreaticogastrostomy. 33 (19·8%) patients in the pancreaticojejunostomy group and 13 (8·0%) in the pancreaticogastrostomy group had clinical postoperative pancreatic fistula (OR 2·86, 95% CI 1·38–6·17; p=0·002). The overall incidence of postoperative complications did not differ significantly between the groups (99 in the pancreaticojejunostomy group vs 100 in the pancreaticogastrostomy group), although more events in the pancreaticojejunostomy group were of grade ≥3a than in the pancreaticogastrostomy group (39 vs 35).

In patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic head or periampullary tumours, pancreaticogastrostomy is more efficient than pancreaticojejunostomy in reducing the incidence of postoperative pancreatic fistula.

Funding Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices, Belgium.

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    • "Different solutions have been proposed like pancreaticogastrostomy [5] [6], pancreatic duct occlusion, several techniques for pancreaticojejunostomy [7e10], use of biologic glues or sealants [11], energy devices [12], external or internal pancreatic duct stenting [13e15] and the use of one, two or any surgical drain [16e18]. Despite the recent " new deal " of pancreaticogastrostomy (PG) [5] [19] [20], pancreaticojejunostomy (PJ) is still the most performed pancreatic anastomosis and the effect of suture material on POPF incidence has not been clearly defined. "
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Pancreatic fistula represents the most important complication in terms of clinical management and costs after pancreaticoduodenectomy. A lot of studies have investigated several techniques in order to reduce pancreatic fistula, but data on the effect of sutures material on pancreatic fistula are not available. The analysis investigated the role of suture material in influencing pancreatic fistula rate and severity. Methods: Results from 130 consecutive pancreaticoduodenectomy with pancreaticojejunostomy performed between March 2013 and September 2014 were prospectively collected and analyzed. In 65 cases pancreaticojejunostomy was performed with absorbable sutures, in the other 65 cases using non-absorbable sutures (polyester, silk and polybutester). Results: Pancreaticojejunostomy with non-absorbable sutures had the same incidence of pancreatic fistula, but less severe and with less episodes of post-operative bleeding if compared with absorbable sutures. A sub-analysis was carried out comparing polydioxanone with polyester: the latter was associated with a lower pancreatic fistula rate (11.9% vs. 31.7%; p = 0,01) and less severe pancreatic anastomosis dehiscence (grade C - 0% vs. 30%; p = 0.05). Univariate and multivariate analysis confirmed that hard pancreatic texture, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma at final histology and the use of polyester for pancreaticojejunostomy were associated with a lower pancreatic fistula rate (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Further studies are needed to investigate the effects of pancreatic juice and bile on different sutures and pancreatic tissue response to different materials. However, pancreaticojejunostomy performed with polyester sutures is safe and feasible and is associated to a lower incidence of pancreatic fistula with less severe clinical impact.
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    • "Pancreatic carcinoma is the fourth most common malignancy and is associated with an extremely poor prognosis, reflected by a median survival of <6 months and a 5-year survival of <5% [1], [2]. Currently, surgical resection provides the only hope of a cure for periampullary and pancreatic carcinoma, whereas high rates of postoperative complications remain significant causes of mortality and markedly prolonged hospitalizations [3]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Pancreaticojejunostomy and pancreaticogastrostomy are both used for reconstruction after pancreaticoduodenectomy; which method is best is still debated. A nationwide multicentre randomized clinical trial that compared these two types of reconstruction has demonstrated that pancreaticogastrostomy is associated with a substantially lower rate of clinically relevant postoperative pancreatic fistula than pancreaticojejunostomy.
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