In the English (both British and American) medical literature, we see the terms pancreatoduodenectomy and, more often, pancreaticoduodenectomy, both used, seemingly interchangeably, to designate the resection of the pancreatic head and the adjacent duodenum. We also see the words pancreatojejunostomy and pancreaticojejunostomy, as well as pancreatogastrostomy and pancreaticogastrostomy, to designate the anastomosis between the two organs (pancreas and jejunum, pancreas and stomach, respectively). After consulting the Stedman American Medical Dictionary,
1it occurred to us that the use of the terms pancreato- and pancreatico- might not be strictly interchangeable:
Dorland’s Medical Dictionary.
in: 27th Ed. Saunders, Philadelphia1988: 1215-1216
Pancreas: a large elongated racemose gland
Pancreatic: pertaining to the pancreas
Pancreat (o)-: a combining form denoting relationship to the pancreas
Pancreatic (o)-: a combining form denoting relationship to the pancreas or to the pancreatic duct
Pancreaticojejunostomy: operative anastomosis of the pancreatic duct or the divided end of the transected pancreas with the jejunum
Pancreatoduodenectomy: excision of the head of the pancreas along with the entire loop of the duodenum
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- Dorland’s Medical Dictionary.in: 27th Ed. Saunders, Philadelphia1988: 1215-1216
- Greek Lexicon.in: Tegopoulos-Fitrakis, Athens1993: 555
- Lexicon of New Greek Language.in: Lexicology Centre, Athens2002: 1308
- More on: what’s in a name, of and around the pancreas?.J Gastrointest Surg. 2006; 10: 1189-1190
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