Article Abstract

Modifications in the International Study Group for Pancreatic Surgery (ISGPS) definition of postoperative pancreatic fistula

Authors: Alessandra Pulvirenti, Marco Ramera, Claudio Bassi


Postoperative pancreatic fistula (POPF) remains the major postoperative cause of morbidity and mortality following pancreatic surgery. Since 2005, the International Study Group of Pancreatic Fistula (ISGPF) definition and classification has been adopted worldwide allowing the comparison among different surgical approaches and mitigation strategies. Over the last 11 years, several limitations have emerged from clinical practice and in 2016 the International Study Group for Pancreatic Surgery (ISGPS) updated the POPF definition and grading system. Objectives of this review article were to summarize modifications in the updated ISGPS definition and to illustrate their clinical impact.