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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-88

Chronic pancreatitis: A surgeon's perspective

Department of Surgery, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Nadiminti Subbarao
Department of Surgery, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.112330

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The incidence of pancreatic diseases is increasing in view of changing lifestyle. Better understanding of the pathophysiology of chronic pancreatitis and improved postoperative care has led to the increasing role of surgery in those cases where all conservative measures fail. Drainage procedures, particularly for idiopathic variety, which is commoner in these parts, give gratifying results. Resection procedures such as Whipple's operation are reserved for small duct disease as in alcoholic pancreatitis. In the West, some centers even practice a total pancreatectomy followed by islet auto-transplantation, which not only relieves pain but also minimizes the otherwise inevitable diabetes.

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