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  • 2009-04-10

Laparoscopic excision of a horseshoe-shaped leiomyoma of the lower esophagus

Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2009;09(04). URL:
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Esophageal leiomyomas are approximately 50 times less common than carcinomas, but they represent 80% of benign tumors of the lower esophagus. An esophageal leiomyoma can be enucleated safely and effectively through minimally invasive surgery. The laparoscopic approach is a conventional option for this kind of tumor (located near or at the esophagogastric (EG) junction). Laparoscopic transhiatal enucleation is a safe and feasible procedure. This video demonstrates all the technical details of a laparoscopic excision of a large horseshoe-shaped leiomyoma of the lower esophagus. A conventional port placement is used to approach the hiatal region.