No need for routine drainage after pancreatic head resection: the dual-center, randomized controlled PANDRA Trial. Ann Surg 2016; 264: 528-537.

Published: 9th November 2016

Authors: Witzigmann H, Diener MK, Kienkötter S, Rossion I, Bruckner T, Bärbel W et al.


In this study that included 395 patients, use of a drain did not affect reintervention rates (21.3 versus 16.6 per cent without a drain) or in hospital mortality (3 versus 3.1 per cent respectively), and it increased the risk of pancreatic fistula: 11.9 versus 5.7 per cent, P=0.03.

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