Changes in gastric acidity after ductal decompression in patients with chronic pancreatitis

István Kovács, Péter Tóth, Péter Árkossy, Péter Sápy

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Objective: To find out whether pancreatic juice released into the stomach has any effect on gastric acidity, and to evaluate the results of operation. Design: Prospective study. Setting: University Hospital, Hungary. Subjects: 55 patients with chronic pancreatitis. Interventions: 27 pancreaticogastrostomies, 8 pancreaticocystogastrostomies, and 20 pancreaticojejunostomies. Gastric pH monitoring. Main outcome measures: Alterations in pH after pancreaticogastrostomy. Results: The operations were equally effective for the relief of pain (48/55, 87%) and 46 (84%) had no digestive disorders because they took pancreatic enzyme substitutes. There were no significant differences in gastric pH between the groups. Conclusions: Although this study was not randomised, the results suggest that pancreaticogastrostomy is a good operation for the relief of intractable pain in selected patients with chronic pancreatitis associated with duct dilatation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-790
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgery
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 30 1999


  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Gastric acidity
  • Pancreaticogastrostomy
  • Pancreaticojejunostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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