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2022 Aug

Ann Med Surg (Lond)


Frey procedure for chronic pancreatitis: A narrative review.


Ray S, Basu C, Dhali A, Dhali G K
Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2022 Aug; 80:104229.
PMID: 36045829.


Chronic pancreatitis is (CP) is a progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas associated with disabling abdominal pain and gradual deterioration of exocrine and endocrine function. Up to 50% of patients with CP may require surgery during the course of the disease. The main indication for surgery is intractable abdominal pain not amenable to medical and endoscopic therapy. The type of surgery depends on pancreatic ductal diameter and associated parenchymal pathology like inflammatory head mass. Frey procedure (FP) is an effective method for control of pain in patients with enlarged pancreatic head. FP can be performed with a very low mortality and an acceptable morbidity. Compared with pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD), FP has favourable outcomes in terms of operation time, blood loss, morbidity, post-operative hospital stay, intensive care unit stay, and quality of life. FP has shorter operation time and lower morbidity in comparison to Beger procedure. But, long-term pain control and exocrine and endocrine dysfunctions are comparable between PD, Beger and FP. FP is technically easier than PD and Beger procedure. FP is thus a widely acceptable procedure for CP with enlarged pancreatic head in absence of a neoplasia.