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  • 2015-11-16

Totally laparoscopic liver resection, very low anterior resection and excision of common iliac artery lymph nodes in a patient with rectal cancer and synchronous liver metastases

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2015;15(11). URL:
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This is the case of a 62-year-old lady who presented with rectal bleeding four months earlier. Rectosigmoidoscopy, contrast enhanced thoraco-abdominal CT-scan, and pelvic MRI were obtained. A T3 N2 rectal adenocarcinoma 6cm proximal to the dentate line was detected. CT-scan showed that the patient had two liver metastases: one was a 4cm mass located in liver segment II and the other one 1.5cm in liver segment V. Due to the presence of suspected common iliac artery lymph nodes as determined by CT-scan, PET-CT was also obtained, which demonstrated an 18F FDG uptake in the corresponding lymph nodes. A simultaneous resection of all malignant structures was decided upon. With the patient placed in a modified lithotomy position, five trocars were inserted in the upper quadrants to start with liver resection. Left lateral sectionectomy was performed first. After resection of the lesion situated in liver segment V, which was completed without a cholecystectomy, attention was turned towards the rectal procedure. The patient was placed in a Trendelenburg position with the left side tilted upwards. Two additional trocars were placed to facilitate handling. After IMA and IMV division, a standard total mesorectal excision procedure was completed. Common iliac artery lymph nodes were then harvested. The anastomosis was performed using a double-stapling technique. A diverting ileostomy was also fashioned.