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This is the Scientific Surgery Archive, which contains all randomized clinical trials in surgery that have been identified by searching the top 50 English language medical journal issues since January 1998. Compiled by Jonothan J. Earnshaw, former Editor-in-Chief, BJS

A Prospective randomized multicenter trial of distal pancreatectomy with and without routine intraperitoneal drainage. Ann Surg 2017; 266: 421-431.

Published: 15th December 2017

Authors: Van Buren G , Bloomston M, Schmidt CR, Behrman SW, Zyromski NJ, Ball C et al.


Use of a drain did not reduce perioperative complications (44 per cent versus 42 per cent with no drain), the rate of significant pancreatic fistula (18 versus 12 per cent), or mortality in this study that included 344 procedures.

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