Pancreatic Exocrine Function Is Preserved After Distal Pancreatectomy

  title={Pancreatic Exocrine Function Is Preserved After Distal Pancreatectomy},
  author={James E. Speicher and Lawrence William Traverso},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
Our objective was to measure human stool elastase-1 to determine the effect of distal pancreatectomy on exocrine function. During a 72-month period, 115 patients underwent resection. Stool elastase values were measured preoperatively in 83 patients and repeated at 3, 12, and 24 months. The amount of pancreas resected was divided into two categories—limited to the left of the portal vein and those resections over or extended to the right of the vein. Elastase values were normal in 84% (n = 70… CONTINUE READING
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