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Context Spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy is a well-accepted procedure for benign tumors of the distal pancreas. Its safety and feasibility have been proven. However many doctors have not used this procedure due to the trauma involved. Objective We present our experience of six cases of distal pancreatic trauma where we managed to preserve the spleen during distal pancreatectomy in an emergency procedure. Design Prospective analysis of the data. Participants Patients with distal pancreatic trauma admitted to the Department of Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh between July 2001 and June 2005. Intervention A spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy was performed by preserving the splenic vessels to maintain a reliable splenic blood flow. Patients who were unstable after adequate resuscitation were excluded. Main outcome measures The preoperative characteristics, intraoperative findings and postoperative complications with follow-up were studied. Results Six patients were found suitable for spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy based on their general condition and a preoperative spleen CECT. Five patients had been injured in car accidents and one patient had sustained a stab injury. The average duration of the surgery was 4.75±0.25 hours. All patients had associated hollow viscus injury which was repaired along with the spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy. The most common post-operative complication was fever with basal atelectasis. One patient died postoperatively from hemodynamic instability. The other five patients are doing well and have not developed pancreatic endocrine insufficiency. Conclusion Although technically demanding, a spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy can be performed safely in an emergency, and it avoids splenectomy-related problems in the post-operative period.