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Domínguez I, Chan C, López-Tello A, Alonso M, Uscanga LF, Campuzano M
Costs related to post-operative pancreatic fistula. Experience at a high volume Latin American center
Cir Gen 2010; 32 (3)

Language: Español
References: 7
Page: 143-148
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Objective: To know the prevalence of high clinical impact fistula and direct costs related with this post-operative complication.
Setting: Third level health care center, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición “Salvador Zubirán”, Mexico City.
Design: Retrospective, transversal, study, and cost-savings analysis.
Statistical analysis: Chi square, ANOVA, Kruskal-Wallis and analytical decision model with the equation of a straight line.
Patients and methods: We analyzed 99 cases of a total of 200 patients cared for by a single surgeon; divided in three groups: 1) high clinical impact fistulae, 2) low clinical impact fistula, 3) without fistula. Assessed variables were: age, gender, type of surgery, comorbidities, symptoms at diagnosis, in-hospital stay after the surgery, total time of in-hospital stay, hospital re-admittances, histopathological diagnosis, post-operative complications not directly related with the surgical procedure, time of follow-up, and peri-operative mortality associated directly with the surgical procedure. Costs of: in-hospital stay per day, intensive therapy, surgical interventions, and interventionist radiology procedures, parenteral nutrition, general surgery and sub-specialties follow-up consultations, as well as laboratory and imaging studies during the first post-operative year.
Results: Prevalence of the high clinical impact fistula was of 19%. Total costs were significantly higher for the group of high impact fistulas, almost twice of those of the other two groups, with an absolute difference in total costs of MX$73,751.00.
Conclusion: Because of the prevalence and the evident high cost secondary to the diagnosis and management of this complication, it is indispensable to start strategies for its prevention and treatment.

Key words: Pancreatic fistula, pancreatectomy, complications, surgery of the pancreas.


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