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  • 2019-01-21

Laparoscopic ligation of middle sacral artery and dissection of sacrococcygeal teratoma to decrease intraoperative hemorrhagic risk

Epublication WebSurg.com, Jan 2019;19(01). URL:
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Sacrococcygeal teratomas are the most common teratomas presenting at birth. Life-threatening bleeding is a major complication during tumor excision in children. In this video, we demonstrate our technique for the laparoscopic division of the middle sacral artery during dissection of sacrococcygeal teratomas in two pediatric patients. Two female infants diagnosed with type IV and type III sacrococcygeal teratomas underwent preoperative evaluation in the postnatal period. The first patient was an 18-month-old female patient who presented with a metastatic type IV teratoma resected after neoadjuvant therapy. The second patient was a 6-day-old female infant with a prenatal diagnosis of cystic type III teratoma. Using laparoscopy in both patients, the presacral space was reached by opening the peritoneal reflection with blunt dissection and the middle sacral artery was identified. It was then carefully isolated and divided with a 5mm LigaSure™ vessel-sealing device. The pelvic components of the tumors were partially dissected using laparoscopy. The first patient’s tumor resection was completed using a posterior sagittal approach and the second patient required a standard Chevron incision. Both patients underwent a successful laparoscopic division of the middle sacral artery and resection of the sacrococcygeal teratomas without complications. As a result, laparoscopic middle sacral artery division before sacrococcygeal teratoma excision offers a safe approach which can reduce the risk of hemorrhage during surgery.