Quality of Life Improves for Pediatric Patients After Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplant for Chronic Pancreatitis

Melena D. Bellin, Martin L. Freeman, Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, Ty B. Dunn, Gregory J. Beilman, Selwyn M. Vickers, Srinath Chinnakotla, A. N. Balamurugan, Bernhard J. Hering, David M. Radosevich, Antoinette Moran, David E.R. Sutherland

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Background and Aims: Total pancreatectomy (TP) and islet autotransplant (IAT) have been used to treat patients with painful chronic pancreatitis. Initial studies indicated that most patients experienced significant pain relief, but there were few validated measures of quality of life. We investigated whether health-related quality of life improved among pediatric patients undergoing TP/IAT. Methods: Nineteen consecutive children (aged 5-18 years) undergoing TP/IAT from December 2006 to December 2009 at the University of Minnesota completed the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short Form (SF-36) health questionnaire before and after surgery. Insulin requirements were recorded. Results: Before TP/IAT, patients had below average health-related quality of life, based on data from the Medical Outcomes Study SF-36; they had a mean physical component summary (PCS) score of 30 and mental component summary (MCS) score of 34 (2 and 1.5 standard deviations, respectively, below the mean for the US population). By 1 year after surgery, PCS and MCS scores improved to 50 and 46, respectively (global effect, PCS P < .001, MCS P = .06). Mean scores improved for all 8 component subscales. More than 60% of IAT recipients were insulin independent or required minimal insulin. Patients with prior surgical drainage procedures (Puestow) had lower yields of islets (P = .01) and greater incidence of insulin dependence (P = .04). Conclusions: Quality of life (physical and emotional components) significantly improve after TP/IAT in subsets of pediatric patients with severe chronic pancreatitis. Minimal or no insulin was required for most patients, although islet yield was reduced in patients with previous surgical drainage operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)793-799
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Clinical Trial
  • Inflammation
  • Pancreas
  • Therapy


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