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Int J Pancreatol. 1999 Jun;25(3):211-5.

Proximal migration of transanastomotic pancreatic stent following pancreaticoduodenectomy and pancreaticojejunostomy.

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Department of Surgery, Dewsbury and District General Hospital, UK.



The use of catheters to stent the pancreaticojejunal anastomosis following pancreaticoduodenectomy is practiced by some surgeons. Their long-term effects in this setting, however, remain unknown.


A 60-yr-old woman underwent a potentially curative pylorus preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy for Stage I ampullary carcinoma. Roux-en-Y pancreaticojejunostomy was constructed over a short stent. She presented 4 yr later with abdominal pain, steatorrhea, and weight loss. Computed tomography revealed a stent within the proximal pancreatic duct, with gross upstream ductal dilatation and parenchymal features of chronic pancreatitis.


Laparotomy revealed no disease recurrence. The stent, removed through a jejunotomy, was occluded. On-table pancreatogram demonstrated a 3-cm proximal duct stricture. Drainage was achieved with a lateral pancreaticojejunostomy (modified Puestow procedure). Recovery was uneventful, with clinical recovery of pancreatic exocrine function at 6 mo follow-up.


Proximal migration of transanastomotic pancreatic stent with subsequent development of chronic pancreatitis is a potential complication following pancreaticoduodenectomy. It can be managed effectively with stent removal and a lateral pancreaticojejunostomy.

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