Does Pancreaticogastrostomy Decrease the Occurrence of Delayed Gastric Emptying After Pancreatoduodenectomy?

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This study investigates the factors that could influence the development of delayed gastric emptying (DGE) after pancreatoduodenectomy (PD). Delayed gastric emptying is a common complication after PD. The postoperative course is affected by a lengthened hospital stay, a decrease of the patients' quality of life, and a delayed adjuvant treatment.


From January 2000 to December 2012, 257 patients underwent PD in the same center. Forty-six variables were retrospectively extracted from medical records. Delayed gastric emptying (grades A, B, and C) was defined by the International Study Group of Pancreatic Surgery classification. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify factors associated with DGE.


Delayed gastric emptying occurred in 133 patients (51.8%), 89 grade A (66.9%), 27 grade B (20.3%), and 17 grade C (12.8%). Biliary fistula (odds ratio [OR], 8.87; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.07–37.99, P = 0.003), sepsis (OR, 8.02; 95% CI, 3.22–19.99; P < 0.0001), and intra-abdominal collection (OR, 3.43; 95% CI, 1.06–11.06; P = 0.039) were identified as independent risk factors for DGE, whereas pancreaticogastrostomy (OR, 0.32; 95% CI, 0.16–0.64; P < 0.001) decreased the occurrence of DGE.


Delayed gastric emptying was linked to the occurrence of postoperative intra-abdominal complications, and reconstruction by pancreaticogastrostomy was beneficial by decreasing its incidence.

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