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Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy with spleen and vessel preservation

D Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS L Soler, PhD J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2010;10(04). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2926

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This is the case of a female patient presenting with a 12mm endocrine tumor located at the pancreatic isthmus. To manage this case, a distal pancreatectomy is decided upon. This tumor measures 16mm in its transverse diameter and it is located just above the portal vein. The CT-scan and its 3D reconstruction helps us to plan the surgical intervention. The whole pancreas along with the splenic vessels (splenic vein and artery) are reconstructed. The objective is to precisely locate the tumor in order to determine the resection modalities. A distal pancreatectomy with preservation of the splenic vessels is therefore decided upon.