Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Over a two-year period, 30 patients with chronic pancreatitis have been observed by the author. Thirteen had surgical treatment. Three had laparotomy and drainage only when recurrence of acute inflammation was encountered. One had excision of a cyst of the tail of the pancreas. Another had drainage of a retroperitoneal necrotic collection. A patient with duodenal stenosis from scarring of the head of the pancreas was treated by gastro-jejunostomy. Seven patients had subtotal pancreatectomies. There was no mortality in the latter group, and six are asymptomatic. Information about the duct may be obtained in many cases by endoscopic retrograde cannulation, but the extent of disease of the gland will not be indicated by the procedure.