Survival after pancreatic resection in Ca head of Pancreas

Q) Median survival after surgery and chemotherapy in Ca Head of Pancreas

a) 12 months

b) 22 months

c) 32 months

d) 44 months

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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.

We discuss the role and response of chemotherapy also

Endocrine cells of pancreas

Q) Delta cells in the pancreas secrete

a) Insulin

b) Glucagon

c) Somatostatin

d) Secretin

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Answer d

Somatostatin

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Endocrine cells of pancreas

Pancreas- Endocrine functions

Beta cells form 65-80% of pancreatic endocrine cells and produce insulin

Alpha cells 12-20% and produce glucagon

Delta cells 3-10% and produce somatostatin

PP cells - Pancreatic polypeptide 1%

Somatostain is an inhibitory hormone and inhibits most of the things

 

Whipple’s triad

Q) Whipple's triad is seen in 

a) Insulinoma

b) Glucagonoma

c) VIPOma

d) Somatostatinoma

Answer 

a

Whipple's triad is seen in pancreatic insulinoma and consists of 

a) Symptoms of hypoglycemia

b) Fasting sugar less than 50 mg%

c) Relief of symptoms with administration of dextrose solution

  • Insulinoma is the most common functioning pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor
  • Symptoms are present for many years before diagnosis
  • Weight gain is common
  • Distribution of insulinomas is equal in body head and tail
  • Avg size of insulinoma is 1-1.5 cm

 

 

 

Beger Procedure for Chronic Pancreatitis

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.

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