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Am J Surg. 1985 Jan;149(1):46-52.

Periampullary tumors: which ones should be resected?


Resection was carried out in 118 patients for periampullary lesions. Ninety-eight of these were adenocarcinomas and were treated by the Whipple operation, total pancreatectomy, or local resection (87 patients, 7 patients, and 4 patients, respectively). Diagnosis of pancreatic head carcinoma before resection was falsely positive in 27 percent of the patients. Mortality for radical resection was 4 percent. Five year survival for ampullary carcinoma was 32 percent, and for pancreatic head carcinoma it was 7 percent. Resection of all periampullary tumors is recommended, with the Whipple operation being the standard in most cases.

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