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Title: Adenocarcinoma of the pancreas : The clinical experience of 45 histopathologically proven patients, a 6 year study
Authors: Pinit Kullavanijaya
Duangporn Thong-Ngam
Varocha Mahachai
Sombat Treeprasertsuk
Nusont Kladcharoen
Pongsepeera Suwanagool
Chulalongkorn University
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-May-2001
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.84, No.5 (2001), 640-647
Abstract: A retrospective study of 45 cases of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas at Chulalongkorn University Hospital from 1993 to 1998 was reviewed by clinical and histopathological criteria. Male and female ratio was 25:20. The mean age of the patients was 59.5 ± 10.0 years. The common presenting symptoms and signs were epigastric discomfort (80.0%), weight loss (60.0%) and jaundice (51.1%). Twenty four patients (53.3%) were screened for a tumor marker (CA 19-9) and 87.5 per cent of these had high level of CA 19-9 (> 37 IU/ml). Thirty five patients (77.8%) had tumors located in the head of the pancreas. Most of the cases were investigated by using radiological imaging (ultrasonography or computerized tomography of the abdomen). Thirty five histopathological data (77.8%) were made by the operation, and the rest (22.2%) were performed by a fine needle aspiration from the pancreatic mass or liver metastasis. Whipple operation and the bypass procedure were the most common surgical procedures in our studies. Twenty five patients (55.6%) had post treatment complications from all modalities consisting of gastrointestinal bleeding, respiratory failure and infection. However, the mortality rate within 30 days postoperatively was 8.11 per cent which was due to blood loss during the operation and infections. The post treatment mortality rate from all modalities was 33.3 per cent. The average duration from the diagnosis until death was 82.3 days.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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