What is the role of preoperative staging laparoscopy in the management of pancreatic cancer?

Updated: Mar 07, 2019
  • Author: Tomislav Dragovich, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: N Joseph Espat, MD, MS, FACS  more...
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Some centers advocate performing a staging laparoscopy before proceeding to attempted resection. The purpose of the laparoscopic staging is to avoid subjecting patients with liver or peritoneal metastases to unnecessary surgery.

Some surgeons advocate the use of routine staging laparoscopy in all patients with pancreatic cancer. Their argument is that up to 20% of attempted pancreatic resections can be prevented because of the laparoscopic findings.


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