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[Comment] Surgical trials for chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is associated with a heavy burden for patients and substantial economic costs.1,2 Patients with chronic pancreatitis might have debilitating pain, opioid dependence, and reduced quality of life; be recurrently admitted to hospital; and be unable to work.3,4 Yet, for patients and physicians, chronic pancreatitis remains a difficult disease to manage, with few medical options and little consensus on the optimum timing or type of surgical intervention. Reports5,6 suggest potential superiority of surgical intervention over endoscopic drainage for long-term pain relief.