What is a pancreatic enucleation procedure?

A pancreatic enucleation procedure is an operation designed to remove small, well-defined tumors of the pancreas. This procedure involves “shelling out” the tumor from the surrounding pancreas. A drain is often left over the area of the pancreas where the tumor was removed. Depending on the location of the tumor, the operation can sometimes be performed laparoscopically.

This approach differs from a pancreatic resection procedure (e.g., Whipple procedure, distal pancreatectomy, central pancreatectomy), which involves division and removal of a portion of the surrounding pancreas and tumor.

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