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Pancreatoduodenectomy combined with portal-superior mesenteric vein resection and reconstruction with interposition grafts for cancer: a meta-analysis

Wei Song, Qifan Yang, Linghui Chen, Qiang Sun, Dongkai Zhou, Song Ye, Zhenhua Hu, Liming Wu, Liming Feng, Shusen Zheng and Weilin Wang _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:81520-81528. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.20866

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Wei Song1,*, Qifan Yang1,*, Linghui Chen1, Qiang Sun2, Dongkai Zhou2, Song Ye2, Zhenhua Hu1, Liming Wu1, Liming Feng1, Shusen Zheng2,3 and Weilin Wang1,2,3

1Key Laboratory of Precision Diagnosis and Treatment for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Tumor of Zhejiang Province, The First Affiliated Hospital, College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310003, China

2Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou 310003, China

3Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Hangzhou 310003, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Weilin Wang, email: [email protected]

Shusen Zheng, email: [email protected]

Keywords: pancreaticoduodenectomy, vein resection and reconstruction, grafts, meta-analysis

Received: October 24, 2016     Accepted: August 26, 2017     Published: September 14, 2017


The use of interposition grafts for portal-superior mesenteric vein (PV-SMV) reconstruction during pancreatoduodenectomy (PD) with venous resection (VR) for localized periampullary tumors is a controversial topic. The present meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the perioperative and long-term outcomes in patients who received interposition grafts for PV-SMV reconstruction after PD with VR. The correlative databases were systematically searched to identify relevant trials comparing vein grafts versus no vein grafts during PD with VR. 14 studies including 257 patients with vein grafts and 570 patients without vein grafts were extracted. The meta-analysis indicated no difference in perioperative morbidity, mortality, or thrombosis between the two groups, but the vein graft group was associated with a significantly increased venous thrombosis rate (≥ 6 months) (odds ratio [OR] = 2.75; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.32–5.73; P = .007). The autologous vein group subgroup analysis also revealed a significantly increased vein thrombosis rate (OR = 3.13; 95% CI, 1.45–6.76; P = .004) between the two groups. Meanwhile, the prosthetic vein group subgroup analysis indicated no difference. Additionally, the oncological value of vein grafts during PD for pancreatic cancer survival was analyzed and revealed no difference in 1-year, 3-year, or 5-year survival between the two groups. Using interposition grafts for PV-SMV reconstruction is safe and effective, and has perioperative outcomes and long-term survival rates compared to those with no vein grafts during PD with VR. However, the lower long-term vein patency rate in patients with vein grafts indicate that interposition grafts may be more likely to lose function.

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