Safety and efficacy of cryopreserved homologous veins for venous reconstruction in pancreatoduodenectomy

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

There are several techniques for reconstructing the portal vein-superior mesenteric vein during pancreatoduodenectomy. The aim of the present study was to present our results with portal vein-superior mesenteric vein reconstruction using cryopreserved homologous veins during pancreatoduodenectomy for patients with pancreatic head cancer.

METHODS

Patients who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy for pancreatic head cancer were reviewed retrospectively. In patients with portal vein-superior mesenteric vein resection, the detailed method of reconstruction and clinical outcomes were reviewed. Clinical characteristics, patient survival, and portal vein-superior mesenteric vein patency were compared between those with and without homologous vein grafts. Factors affecting the patency of reconstructed veins were assessed by univariate analysis.

RESULTS

Among 144 patients undergoing pancreatoduodenectomy, portal vein-superior mesenteric vein resection was performed in 36 patients (25%); 18 (50%) underwent reconstruction with homologous veins, and the other 18 (50%) underwent reconstruction without homologous veins. The extent of portal vein-superior mesenteric vein involvement, operative time, duration of clamping of portal vein-superior mesenteric vein, intraoperative blood loss, and length of the venous resection were greater (P ≤ .013 each) in those with homologous vein grafts. There was no significant difference in postoperative morbidity/mortality, patient survival, or portal vein-superior mesenteric vein patency. The 1- and 2-year overall patency of portal vein-superior mesenteric vein was 76% and 71%, respectively, while the 2-year patencies were 67% and 67% in those with homologous veins and 87% and 73% in those without homologous veins without difference between the groups. Circumferential resection and pathologic portal vein-superior mesenteric vein involvement were associated with the patency of the reconstructed vein (P = .002 and P = .028, resp).

CONCLUSION

Use of homologous venous grafts for portal vein-superior mesenteric vein reconstruction are feasible alternatives during pancreatoduodenectomy for advanced pancreatic head cancer.

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