Comparison of end-to-end anastomosis and interposition graft during pancreatoduodenectomy with portal vein reconstruction for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

  • Fumihiro Terasaki
  • Yasuyuki FukamiEmail author
  • Atsuyuki Maeda
  • Yuichi Takayama
  • Takamasa Takahashi
  • Masahito Uji
  • Yuji Kaneoka
Original Article



Many studies report that pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) with portal-superior mesenteric vein resection and reconstruction (PVR) is not a contraindication to extended tumor resection for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. However, the clinical benefit of an interposition graft for PVR still remains controversial.


Between January 2001 and December 2017, 199 patients with pancreatic cancer underwent PD either with or without PVR, and their medical records were reviewed retrospectively, paying specific attention to the PVR methods and the long-term outcome.


Among the 122 patients with PVR, 97 (79.5%) underwent end-to-end anastomosis and 25 (20.5%) had an interposition graft using the right external iliac vein (REIV). The 2-year and 5-year survival rates of the no-PVR group (54.2% and 30.8%, respectively) were longer than both the end-to-end anastomosis group (24.5% and 13.7%) and the interposition graft group (32% and 10.0%) (p < 0.001). However, there was no significant difference in the survival between the end-to-end anastomosis group and the interposition graft group (p = 0.963). A multivariate analysis indicated that the level of preoperative serum albumin < 3.5 g/dL (risk ratio (RR) 2.08, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.26 to 3.43; p = 0.004), and postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy (RR 1.82, 95% CI 1.19 to 2.79; p = 0.006) were independently associated with overall survival after PVR.


An interposition graft using the REIV for PVR following PD is safe and effective. There was no significant prognostic difference between PD with end-to-end anastomosis and with an interposition graft in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.


Pancreatic cancer Portal vein resection Interposition graft 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryOgaki Municipal HospitalOgakiJapan

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