pancreatectomy

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(pan″krē-ă-tek′tŏ-mē )

(pang″krē-ă-tek′tŏ-mē)
[pancreat- + -ectomy]
Surgical removal of part or all of the pancreas. Total pancreatectomy produces diabetes mellitus because of the removal of insulin-producing cells; exogenous insulin must therefore be administered. After a subtotal partial pancreatectomy, diabetes may develop afterwards because the remaining islets may be unable to handle the increased demands placed on them.
SEE: diabetes

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