Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2017 Apr;22(2):77-81. 10.15279/kpba.2017.22.2.77.

Surgical Management of Chronic pancreatitis: What Can Surgeons Do?

  • 1Pancreatobiliary Cancer Clinic, Department of Surgery, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jspark330@yuhs.ac


Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is an inflammatory disease and causes chronic pain, exocrine and endocrine function failure. Pain is major indication for surgical procedure indication in CP. Advances in noninvasive treatment now allow for better therapeutic options at an early stage of CP. However, many data show that surgical procedure may produce superior results to endoscopic treatment in CP management. Considerable controversy remains with respect to the surgical management of chronic pancreatitis. There are many surgical options to control chronic pain in CP, therefore preoperative assessment is important to choose optimal surgical management. Effective surgical procedures and timing of surgery for chronic pancreatitis remain unclear. This review comprehensively assesses the evidence for these different approaches to surgical intervention in chronic pancreatitis.


Pancreatitis; Chronic; Pain; Treatment; Surgery
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