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  • 2013-10-14

Laparoscopic splenectomy in a patient with cirrhosis and splenomegaly

Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2013;13(10). URL:
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Introduction The first laparoscopic splenectomy was initially described more than 20 years ago. Hypersplenism associated with thrombocytopenia in cirrhotic patients could compromise quality of life and also limit therapeutic options such as interferon treatment. Material and methods We present the case of a 48-year-old woman with a history of parenteral drug abuse, HCV/HIV co-infection, cirrhosis (Child-Pugh B). Treatment with interferon and antiretrovirals must be discontinued for severe thrombocytopenia. As a result, laparoscopic splenectomy stands out as a therapeutic measure. Results In this video, we present a laparoscopic splenectomy approach in a cirrhotic patient with splenomegaly and hypersplenism in order to initiate interferon and antiretroviral treatment. It is possible to note the presence of collateral circulation, cirrhotic liver, and moderate splenomegaly (final spleen weight of 735 grams). Conclusions Laparoscopic access proves safe and effective in cirrhotic patients in order to extend the therapeutic managements of their underlying diseases. It can also improve the Child-Pugh score.