This is an interesting question because this is one tumor in which breakthrough has not been achieved in the last 70 years. Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers of the GI tract and whipple's surgery continues to have high morbidity.
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Q) True about Beger procedure for chronic pancreatitis
a) Posterior branch of gastro duodenal artery is preserved.
b) Beger procedure is a pancreatic head mass resection that can be done for small pancreatic tumors.
c)Intra pancreatic, choledochal and ampullary structures are removed.
d) Neck of the pancreas is not transacted
Answer a) Posterior branch of GDA is preserved
Beger procedure for chronic pancreatitis is mostly done in Europe. Hans Beger in 1972 in Germany introduced this for chronic pancreatitis with inflammatory head mass. This is a complex procedure which removes head of the pancreas but leaves duodenum, a thin rim of pancreas around the medial aspect of duodenum and intrapancreatic bile duct intact.
The difference from similar Frey's procedure is that in Beger procedure neck of the pancreas is transacted where as in Frey, neck of the pancreas is not cut.
This procedure is not recommended if there is suspicion of carcinoma head of pancreas and Whipple is the procedure for that.
Posterior branch of GDA is preserved in Beger Procedure.
Reconstruction is at two places: Distal pancreas and rim of the pancreas at medial side of duodenum.