The role of diagnostic laparoscopy in pancreatic and periampullary malignancies.

@article{Friess1998TheRO,
  title={The role of diagnostic laparoscopy in pancreatic and periampullary malignancies.},
  author={Helmut Friess and Joerg Kleeff and Joao Carlos da Silva and Charlotte Sadowski and Hans Ulrich Baer and Markus W. B{\"u}chler},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={1998},
  volume={186 6},
  pages={675-82}
}
BACKGROUND The role of diagnostic laparoscopy before laparotomy in patients with pancreatic or periampullary malignancies remains controversial. We analyzed the value of using diagnostic laparoscopy to avoid laparotomy in these patients. STUDY DESIGN Between November 1993 and December 1996, 254 patients with pancreatic or periampullary malignancies were treated. In 74 patients, multiple distant metastases precluded further surgical treatment. In all, 180 patients underwent laparotomy for… CONTINUE READING

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