The aim of this paper was to review the data existing in the English literature on the quality of life in patients who undergo surgical resection of the pancreatic gland either for benign or for malignant diseases. MEDLINE, Web of Science, and ScienceDirect were browsed in order to select the data existing in the literature on quality of life and pancreatic surgery. Alerts received by e-mail were also taken into account. Only full text papers were selected. Of the 161 papers found, only 13 papers were evaluated for the purpose of this study: 11 focused on surgical resective procedures in chronic pancreatitis and two focused their interest on assessing the quality of life related to resective procedures in pancreatic neoplasms. Despite the scarcity of studies assessing the quality of life in patients who underwent pancreatic surgery, there is the need to routinely assess well-being in patients who have been operated on.
Raffaele Pezzilli, Lorenzo Fantini, Antonio Maria Morselli-Labate