Total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation in chronic pancreatitis: Recommendations from pancreasfest

Melena D. Bellin, Martin L. Freeman, Andres Gelrud, Adam Slivka, Alfred Clavel, Abhinav Humar, Sarah J. Schwarzenberg, Mark E. Lowe, Michael R. Rickels, David C. Whitcomb, Jeffrey B. Matthews

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Description: Total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation (TPIAT) is a surgical procedure used to treat severe complications of chronic pancreatitis or very high risk of pancreatic cancer while reducing the risk of severe diabetes mellitus. However, clear guidance on indications, contraindications, evaluation, timing, and follow-up are lacking. Methods: A working group reviewed the medical, psychological, and surgical options and supporting literature related to TPIAT for a consensus meeting during PancreasFest. Results: Five major areas requiring clinical evaluation and management were addressed: These included: 1) indications for TPIAT; 2) contraindications for TPIAT; 3) optimal timing of the procedure; 4) need for a multi-disciplinary team and the roles of the members; 5) life-long management issues following TPIAP including diabetes monitoring and nutrition evaluation. Conclusions: TPIAT is an effective method of managing the disabling complications of chronic pancreatitis and risk of pancreatic cancer in very high risk patients. Careful evaluation and long-term management of candidate patients by qualified multidisciplinary teams is required. Multiple recommendations for further research were also identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-35
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by conference grants from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases [ R13DK083216 (2009), R13DK088452 (2010), and R13DK09604 (2012)] and accredited physician education supported by Abbott Laboratories, Aptalis Pharma, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Lilly, and Olympus through the University of Pittsburgh office of Continuing Medical Education. The authors thank Ms. Michelle Kienholz, Ms. Joy Jenko Merusi, and Ms. Marianne Davis for their expert assistance with the editing of this manuscript.


  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hereditary pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic surgery


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