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Pancreas. 2019 Jul;48(6):811-816. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000001334.

Predicting Successful Catheter Drainage in Patients With Pancreatic Fistula After Pancreatoduodenectomy.

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Department of surgery, Cancer Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.
Department of Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht.
Department of Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam.
Department of Surgery, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam.
Department of Surgery, Maasstad Hospital, Rotterdam.
Department of Surgery, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven.
Department of Surgery, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.



The objective of this study was to identify predictors for successful minimally invasive catheter drainage (ie, survival without relaparotomy) for pancreatic fistula after pancreatoduodenectomy.


Included were consecutive patients undergoing catheter drainage as first intervention for pancreatic fistula after pancreatoduodenectomy (2005-2013) in 9 Dutch centers. Possible prognostic factors for successful catheter drainage (ie, survival without relaparotomy) were selected using Akaike information criterion.


Included were 227 patients after 2196 pancreatoduodenectomies. Primary catheter drainage was successful in 175 (77%) of 227 patients. Multivariable logistic regression revealed the following negative prognostic factors for success: male sex (odds ratio [OR], 0.46; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.21-1.00; P = 0.049), higher age (for every 5 years over 50; OR, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.57-0.84; P < 0.001), and respiratory failure at time of catheter drainage (OR, 0.10; 95% CI, 0.03-0.33; P < 0.001). A prognostic model incorporating these factors yielded an area under the curve of 0.76 and demonstrated a success range of 98% to 14%.


Male sex, higher age, and respiratory failure are associated with a low success rate of catheter drainage in patients with pancreatic fistula after pancreatoduodenectomy. These patients might benefit from an intensified postoperative monitoring for early detection and management of pancreatic fistula to prevent respiratory failure.

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