Late complications after pancreaticoduodenectomy with pancreaticogastrostomy

Eileen Anne Bock, Michael G. Hurtuk, Margo Shoup, Gerard V. Aranha

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Introduction We investigated complications after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) with pancreaticogastrostomy (PG) reconstruction more than 12 months postoperatively. Methods Through chart review and outpatient follow-up, we assessed the incidence of new-onset diabetes mellitus (DM) and steatorrhea after PD. Results Ninety patients underwent PD with PG with a median follow-up of 4.7 years (range 0.4-15.8 years). Of the 77 patients without DMpreoperatively, 18 (23.4%) developedDMpostoperatively. Those who developed DMwere younger at time of surgery than those who did not (60.5 versus 65.8 years; p=0.021), but postoperative survival did not differ between these groups. The incidence of DM was comparable to the incidence of DM in the general population. Out of 89 patients, 47 (52.8%) now require pancreatic enzyme therapy. The group that developed steatorrhea underwent PD at a younger age (61.4 versus 67.0 years; p=0.029). Conclusions Patients that undergo PD at a younger age are more likely to develop DM and steatorrhea than their older counterparts; patients are as likely as the general population, however, to develop DM after PD with PG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)914-919
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Diabetes
  • Pancreaticogastrostomy
  • Steatorrhea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Surgery


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