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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 970785, 3 pages
Case Report

Postoperative Complications of Beger Procedure

1Santa Casa de Sao Paulo Medical School, Rua Cesario Mota Junior 112, 01221-020 São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Department of Surgery, Santa Casa de São Paulo Hospital, Rua Cesario Mota Junior 112, 01221-020 São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Received 17 May 2015; Revised 22 July 2015; Accepted 29 July 2015

Academic Editor: Neil D. Merrett

Copyright © 2015 Nayana Samejima Peternelli et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is considered an inflammatory disease that may cause varying degrees of pancreatic dysfunction. Conservative and surgical treatment options are available depending on dysfunction severity. Presentation of Case. A 36-year-old male with history of heavy alcohol consumption and diagnosed CP underwent a duodenal-preserving pancreatic head resection (DPPHR or Beger procedure) after conservative treatment failure. Refractory pain was reported on follow-up three months after surgery and postoperative imaging uncovered stones within the main pancreatic duct and intestinal dilation. The patient was subsequently subjected to another surgical procedure and intraoperative findings included protein plugs within the main pancreatic duct and pancreaticojejunal anastomosis stricture. A V-shaped enlargement and main pancreatic duct dilation in addition to the reconstruction of the previous pancreaticojejunal anastomosis were performed. The patient recovered with no further postoperative complications in the follow-up at an outpatient clinic. Discussion. Main duct and pancreaticojejunal strictures are an unusual complication of the Beger procedure but were identified intraoperatively as the cause of patient’s refractory pain and explained intraductal protein plugs accumulation. Conclusion. Patients that undergo Beger procedures should receive close outpatient clinical follow-up in order to guarantee postoperative conservative treatment success and therefore guarantee an early detection of postoperative complications.