Surgical treatment of pancreatic metastases from renal cell carcinomas

Giovanni Butturini, Claudio Bassi, Massimo Falconi, Roberto Salvia, Erminia Caldiron, Antonio Iannucci, Giuseppe Zamboni, Rossella Graziani, Carlo Procacci, Paolo Pederzoli

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Pancreatic metastases from a renal cell carcinoma are rare and may occur long after manifestation of the primary disease. Resection of the metastases should be regarded as the best treatment. In our center, owing to the slow evolution of these secondaries, we perform resections capable of limiting the destruction of the pancreatic parenchyma as far as possible. The use of 'atypical' resections of the pancreas is characterized by a higher incidence of postoperative complications, particularly fistulas. Despite this, we believe that adjusted resection is to be advocated because of the possibility of additional remote secondaries, the shorter duration of surgery, the preservation of the glandular parenchyma and intact adjacent organs, such as duodenum, stomach, and spleen, and the fact that there have been no reports on local recurrences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-246
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Pancreatic atypical resection
  • Pancreatic metastases
  • Renal cell carcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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