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Excision of all or part of the pancreas together with the duodenum and usually the distal stomach.


Etymology: Gk, pan + kreas + L, duodeni, twelve fingers; Gk, ektomē, excision
a surgical procedure in which the head of the pancreas, the entire duodenum, a portion of the jejunum, the distal third of the stomach, and the lower half of the common bile duct are excised, usually to relieve obstruction caused by tumors, often malignant. Continuity is reestablished between the biliary, pancreatic, and GI systems. The operation is performed to remove the periampullary masses that occur in certain forms of biliary tract cancer. Also called Whipple procedure.


A surgical treatment for cancer of the head of the pancreas in which the pancreatic head is surgically removed, along with adjacent organs (the last portion of the bile duct and the stomach and the duodenum).
Synonym: Whipple procedure.


Removal of all or part of the pancreas along with the duodenum. Also known as "Whipple's procedure" or "Whipple's operation."
Mentioned in: Pancreatectomy
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The fifty-six-year-old has battled pancreatic cancer and undergone a pancreaticoduodenectomy, in which part of the pancreas and the duodenum are removed, to treat the disease.
When associated with a biliary obstruction and an inflammatory mass in the head of the pancreas, consideration should be given to performing a pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy.
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Effect of hospital volume on margin status after pancreaticoduodenectomy for cancer.
He used data from the National Center for Health Statistics' National Hospital Discharge Survey to determine that during 1989-2004, just under 12,900,000 adults underwent total colectomy, partial excision of the large intestine, cholecystectomy, appendectomy, vagotomy, gastrectomy, splenectomy, radical pancreaticoduodenectomy, exploratory laparotomy, or abdominal perineal resection of the rectum.
Effect of preoperative biliary stenting on immediate outcome after pancreaticoduodenectomy.
During the standard Whipple procedure, or pancreaticoduodenectomy, surgeons remove the gallbladder, common bile duct, part of the duodenum, the head of the pancreas, and sometimes part of the stomach.
If resectable, patients are generally treated with a pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple's procedure) (3).

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