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  • 2015-06-15

Laparoscopic enucleation of a pancreatic tumor: posterior approach

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2015;15(06). URL:
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We report the case of a 55-year-old woman with a hypervascularized lesion at the posterior aspect of the pancreatic tail, which is evocative of an endocrine tumor of the pancreas. We decided to perform a laparoscopic enucleation of this tumor using a posterior approach. The patient is positioned in a right lateral decubitus. The intervention begins with the opening of the posterior mesogastrium, which allows to tilt the entire splenopancreatic block to the right. The tumor located on the posterior aspect clearly appears. An enucleation of the tumor is then performed using the monopolar cautery hook. In order to facilitate the lesion's exposure, a traction suture will be placed. This helps to expose the tumor. The inferior border of the tumor is freed from the splenic vein and the monopolar hook allows to perform a step-by-step enucleation. An intrapancreatic freeing of the lesion's deep plane is achieved using the Sonicision™ device. The tumor is placed into a bag and extracted through a port. The extemporaneous exam confirms the diagnosis of an endocrine tumor. Hemostasis is controlled. The splenopancreatic block is put back in its original anatomical position. There is no pancreatic fistula. The patient is discharged on postoperative day 5. The final diagnosis confirms a G1 endocrine tumor.