Insights from managing clinical issues in distal pancreatectomy with en bloc coeliac axis resection: experiences from 626 patients

Toru Nakamura, Ken Ichi Okada, Masayuki Ohtsuka, Ryota Higuchi, Hidenori Takahashi, Kazuyuki Nagai, Michiaki Unno, Yoshiaki Murakami, Atsushi Oba, Moriaki Tomikawa, Atsushi Kato, Akihiko Horiguchi, Masafumi Nakamura, Shintaro Yagi, Sohei Satoi, Itaru Endo, Ryosuke Amano, Ippei Matsumoto, Yoichi M3 Ito, Takukazu NagakawaSatoshi Hirano

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Background: Distal pancreatectomy with en bloc coeliac axis resection (DP-CAR) for pancreatic body cancer has been reported increasingly. However, its large-scale outcomes remain undocumented. This study aimed to evaluate DP-CAR volume and mortality, preoperative arterial embolization for ischaemic gastropathy, the oncological benefit for resectable tumours close to the bifurcation of the splenic artery and coeliac artery using propensity score matching, and prognostic factors in DP-CAR. Methods: In a multi-institutional analysis, 626 DP-CARs were analysed retrospectively and compared with 1325 distal pancreatectomies undertaken in the same interval. Results: Ninety-day mortality was observed in 7 of 21 high-volume centres (1 or more DP-CARs per year) and 1 of 41 low-volume centres (OR 20.00, 95 per cent c.i. 2.26 to 177.26). The incidence of ischaemic gastropathy was 19.2 per cent in the embolization group and 7.9 per cent in the no-embolization group (OR 2.77, 1.48 to 5.19). Propensity score matching analysis showed that median overall survival was 33.5 (95 per cent c.i. 27.4 to 42.0) months in the DP-CAR and 37.9 (32.8 to 53.3) months in the DP group. Multivariable analysis identified age at least 67 years (HR 1.40, 95 per cent c.i. 1.12 to 1.75), preoperative tumour size 30 mm or more (HR 1.42, 1.12 to 1.80), and preoperative carbohydrate antigen 19-9 level over 37 units/ml (HR 1.43, 1.11 to 1.83) as adverse prognostic factors. Conclusion: DP-CAR can be performed safely in centres for general pancreatic surgery regardless of DP-CAR volume, and preoperative embolization may not be required. This procedure has no oncological advantage for resectable tumour close to the bifurcation of the splenic artery, and should be performed after appropriate patient selection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1394
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Surgery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 10-2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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