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Journal: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift fur alle Gebiete der operativen Medizen


Pancreatic pseudocysts are frequent complications following acute and chronic pancreatitis as well as abdominal trauma. They originate from enzymatic and/or necrotizing processes within the organ involving the surrounding tissues through inflammatory processes following pancreatic ductal lesion(s). Pseudocysts require definitive treatment if they become symptomatic, progressive, larger than 5 cm after a period of more than 6 weeks and/or have complications. Cystic neoplasms must be excluded before treatment. Endoscopic interventions are commonly accepted first line approaches. Should these fail or not be feasible surgical procedures have been well established and show comparable results. In summary, pancreatic pseudocysts require a reliable diagnostic approach with a multidisciplinary professional management involving gastroenterologists and surgeons.

Concepts: Inflammation, Medicine, Hospital, Pancreas, Surgery, Gastroenterology, American College of Surgeons, Pancreatic pseudocyst


Peristomal skin lesions are frequent complications of ostomy; however, there is no generally accepted nomenclature and classification system.


Vascular resection interventions and the associated necessity of a reconstruction for maintenance particularly of hepatic and small intestinal perfusion are important aspects especially for the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer. An R0 resection is the only curative treatment option for patients with pancreatic cancer. Venous or arterial vascular infiltration by the tumor and the associated resection and reconstruction for complete tumor removal and establishment of a sufficient perfusion of the dependant organs represents one of the greatest challenges in pancreatic surgery. In addition the oncological significance with respect to arterial vascular resections is controversial.

Concepts: Cancer, Oncology, Pancreas, Chemotherapy, Liver, Weight loss, Small intestine, Organs


Patients with paraplegia develop syndrome-specific complications relevant to visceral surgery, which occur in the context of the acute spinal shock or as a consequence of the progressive neurogenic bowel dysfunction (NBD) with the formation of an elongated colon and/or megacolon. Moreover, acute abdominal emergencies, such as acute appendicitis, cholecystitis, diverticulitis and ileus images, pose particular challenges for the clinician when the clinical signs are atypical or even absent. The expansion of indications for obesity surgery to include patients with a paraplegic syndrome, whose independence and quality of life can be impaired due to the restricted mobility, especially by obesity, is becoming increasingly more important.


Esophagobronchial and esophagotracheal fistulas are rare but complex diseases with a heterogeneous spectrum of underlying etiologies. Common causes are locally advanced tumors of the esophagus and larynx, traumatic perforation from the esophageal or tracheal side as well as postoperative fistulas. The management of esophagotracheal and esophagobronchial fistulas always involves different health care providers and in most cases patients require a multidisciplinary treatment on the intensive care unit. The therapeutic concept primarily depends on the underlying cause, localization and size of the fistula but decision making is also influenced by the severity of the course of sepsis and the extent of the respiratory dysfunction. Endoscopic management with esophageal and/or tracheobronchial stenting is the most common treatment. Surgical reconstructive procedures are predominantly reserved for patients with a treatment refractory fistula or a septic multiple organ failure. The prognosis is particularly influenced by the underlying disease.


Gastric cancer with peritoneal metastases is associated with an extremely poor prognosis. Developed multimodal treatment concepts, which include a combination of perioperative systemic treatment and cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), show promising results with respect to improvement of the long-term survival.


The resection of colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) within the framework of a multimodal treatment concept is a generally accepted and potentially curative treatment approach. Despite the fact that liver surgery represents a survival extension for patients with a good quality of life, this treatment option is offered to nowhere near all patients. This article summarizes the results of liver resection for CRLM patients and discusses the reasons for the different estimations of resectability even by experienced liver surgeons. The complexity of the treatment is exemplarily shown based on a case report.



Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) is a multidisciplinary treatment model with the aim of guaranteeing a reduction of postoperative complications by the maintenance or early restoration of the patient-specific homoeostasis. From the anesthesiologist’s perspective in all three areas of the perioperative phases there are important aspects that need to be addressed in the sense of a holistic treatment concept in order to achieve the highest possible benefit for the patient.


According to current German and European clinical practice guidelines perioperative chemotherapy is the recommended standard of care for localized gastric cancer beyond early cancers, i.e. in stage IB (T2 N0 M0 and T1 N1 M0) or greater. For patients who are able to tolerate intensive chemotherapy, the FLOT regimen (5-fluorouracil, folinic acid, oxaliplatin, docetaxel) should be administered preoperatively and postoperatively for four cycles each. Locally advanced nonmetastatic adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG) should be treated with perioperative chemotherapy as for gastric cancer or alternatively with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. The best approach for AEG is currently being investigated in ongoing clinical trials. The recommendation of perioperative treatment applies to all histopathological subtypes of gastric cancer. The article summarizes the contemporary data and provides an outlook on current progress in the field of medicinal perioperative treatment.