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15 July 2018 : Clinical Research  

Intra-Operative Frozen Section Histology of the Pancreatic Resection Margins and Clinical Outcome of Patients with Adenocarcinoma of the Head of the Pancreas Undergoing Pancreaticoduodenectomy

Kursat Dikmen1ACDEF*, Mustafa Kerem1ADF, Hasan Bostanci1BEF, Mustafa Sare1BE, Ozgur Ekinci2BC

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.910279

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR4905-4913


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the clinical outcome in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma who underwent frozen section and paraffin section histology of the surgical resection margins during pancreaticoduodenectomy.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Frozen section and routine paraffin section histopathology were performed using the following categories: R0 (no tumor cells at the surgical resection margin), R1 (tumor cells at, or within 1 mm, of the surgical resection margin), and R2 (tumor seen macroscopically at the surgical resection margin). R1 and R2 patients underwent additional resection to achieve R0.

RESULTS: Of 346 patients who underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy, frozen section histology showed positive resection margins in 22 patients (9.2%) and paraffin section histology was positive in 20 patients (8.4%). The OS was nine months in frozen section-positive patients and 20 months in frozen section-negative patients (p=0.001). The OS rates were significantly different between the paraffin section-positive and paraffin section-negative patients (11 months vs. 21 months) (p=0.001). Univariate and multivariate analysis showed that increased tumor size, high tumor grade, lymph node metastases, a positive superior mesenteric artery and retroperitoneal margin, and a positive resection margin on frozen section were significantly correlated with reduced OS (p<0.05). Twenty-two patients with positive resection margins on frozen section histology underwent further resection; R0 was achieved in 14 patients, with no significant difference in OS.

CONCLUSIONS: For patients who underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy for pancreatic carcinoma with positive resection margins on frozen section, further surgical resection to achieve R0 had no significant positive impact on OS.

Keywords: Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal, Frozen Sections, Pancreaticoduodenectomy, Survival


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