Distal pancreatectomy is the surgical procedure indicated for any pathology in the body or tail of the pancreas, as defined by being left of the portal vein. Disease processes include benign and malignant neoplasms, both primary and metastatic to the pancreas [1], pancreatic cysts [2], pseudocysts, or strictures from pancreatitis that have not spontaneously resolved [3] and benign inflammatory conditions. Patients sustaining a traumatic injury to the body or tail of the pancreas with suspicion or direct evidence of pancreatic duct disruption also should undergo a distal pancreatectomy [4].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIllustrative Handbook of General Surgery
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781848820883
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


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