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Short- and long-term results of modified Frey's procedure in patients with chronic pancreatitis: a retrospective Japanese single-center study.

BACKGROUND: The study aim was to determine the short- and long-term results of surgical drainage procedure for chronic pancreatitis at a single center in Japan.

METHODS: The records of 28 consecutive patients were retrospectively reviewed. All patients underwent surgery at Kobe University Hospital between June 1999 and April 2013. Long-term follow-up was performed in all patients for a median period of 77 months.

RESULTS: The 26 men (93%) and 2 women (7%) had a mean age of 47 years. The etiology of pancreatitis was chronic alcohol abuse in 24 patients (86%). The major indication for surgery was persistent symptoms (97%). Modified Frey's procedure in 21 patients, lateral pancreaticojejunostomy (LPJ) in 6 patients, LPJ and distal pancreatectomy in one patient, were performed. There was no postoperative mortality. Postoperative morbidity occurred in 6 patients (21%). The percentage of pain-free patients after surgery was 97%, and further acute exacerbation was prevented in 97%. Two patients (6%) required subsequent surgery for infectious pancreatic cyst and intraabdominal abscess. Of the patients that completed follow-up, 13 (46%) had diabetes mellitus, including 5 patients (19%) with new-onset diabetes, and 6 patients (19%) developed pancreatic exocrine insufficiency.

CONCLUSIONS: Modified Frey's procedure is safe, feasible, and effective to manage chronic pancreatitis. The technique prevents further exacerbations and maintains appropriate pancreatic endocrine and exocrine function.

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