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Michela GIULII CAPPONI

Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital
Bergamo, Italy
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A young lady with dysphagia and GIST after a complicated sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity
A 34 year-old woman was referred to us for persistent dysphagia and retrosternal chest pain, aggravated by eating. Two years earlier, she underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity.
Her operation was complicated by septic shock due to an esophagogastric fistula with subphrenic abscesses, and on postoperative day 20, she underwent a laparotomy, abscess debridement and drainage, splenectomy and application of cyanoacrylate-based glue, followed by endoscopic positioning of a self-expandable partially coated prosthesis.
Three weeks afterwards, her prosthesis was replaced with a self-expandable fully coated prosthesis due to persistent leak. This prosthesis was finally removed after 7 weeks.
One year after her operation, at gastroscopy, a 25mm submucosal nodule covered with an ulcerated mucosa was found in the proximal antrum. Biopsy was negative, and endoscopic ultrasonography was suggestive of GIST.
She underwent an esophageal manometry, which was indicative of esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction. Her barium swallow test showed a delayed esophageal emptying due to the narrowing and twisting of the proximal part of the stomach. Her abdominal MRI was normal.
An exploratory laparoscopy was indicated for adhesiolysis and removal of the antral lesion.
Total duration of the operation was 3 hours. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged on postoperative day 6.
Her postoperative swallow study showed the easy passage of the contrast agent with no leaks. The patient completely recovered from her symptoms, and remained asymptomatic after 30 months. Final histology of her lesion evidenced a foreign body granuloma.
Surgical intervention
1 month ago
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A young lady with dysphagia and GIST after a complicated sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity
A 34 year-old woman was referred to us for persistent dysphagia and retrosternal chest pain, aggravated by eating. Two years earlier, she underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for morbid obesity.
Her operation was complicated by septic shock due to an esophagogastric fistula with subphrenic abscesses, and on postoperative day 20, she underwent a laparotomy, abscess debridement and drainage, splenectomy and application of cyanoacrylate-based glue, followed by endoscopic positioning of a self-expandable partially coated prosthesis.
Three weeks afterwards, her prosthesis was replaced with a self-expandable fully coated prosthesis due to persistent leak. This prosthesis was finally removed after 7 weeks.
One year after her operation, at gastroscopy, a 25mm submucosal nodule covered with an ulcerated mucosa was found in the proximal antrum. Biopsy was negative, and endoscopic ultrasonography was suggestive of GIST.
She underwent an esophageal manometry, which was indicative of esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction. Her barium swallow test showed a delayed esophageal emptying due to the narrowing and twisting of the proximal part of the stomach. Her abdominal MRI was normal.
An exploratory laparoscopy was indicated for adhesiolysis and removal of the antral lesion.
Total duration of the operation was 3 hours. Her postoperative course was uneventful and she was discharged on postoperative day 6.
Her postoperative swallow study showed the easy passage of the contrast agent with no leaks. The patient completely recovered from her symptoms, and remained asymptomatic after 30 months. Final histology of her lesion evidenced a foreign body granuloma.
Laparoscopic treatment of primary omental infarction
A 53-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department for right hypochondrium pain, fever, and weight loss, with clinical evidence of an abdominal mass in his right lumbar region.
His white blood cell (WBC) count was 11.9x109/L and his C-reactive protein value was 11.7mg/dL.
His abdominal CT-scan and MRI showed a 12.5cm omental mass, suggestive of omental infarction with a hemorrhagic component. His gastroscopy and colonoscopy were negative, and the needle biopsy of the mass was not suggestive of malignancy. Exploratory laparoscopy with biopsy or resection of the omental lesion was indicated. The total duration of the operation was 1 hour, and the omental mass was resected. The patient completely recovered from his symptoms, and was discharged after two days. Final histology of his lesion demonstrated an omental infarction with thrombosis, hemorrhage, and fat cell necrosis.
Surgical intervention
6 months ago
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Laparoscopic treatment of primary omental infarction
A 53-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department for right hypochondrium pain, fever, and weight loss, with clinical evidence of an abdominal mass in his right lumbar region.
His white blood cell (WBC) count was 11.9x109/L and his C-reactive protein value was 11.7mg/dL.
His abdominal CT-scan and MRI showed a 12.5cm omental mass, suggestive of omental infarction with a hemorrhagic component. His gastroscopy and colonoscopy were negative, and the needle biopsy of the mass was not suggestive of malignancy. Exploratory laparoscopy with biopsy or resection of the omental lesion was indicated. The total duration of the operation was 1 hour, and the omental mass was resected. The patient completely recovered from his symptoms, and was discharged after two days. Final histology of his lesion demonstrated an omental infarction with thrombosis, hemorrhage, and fat cell necrosis.
Mobilization of the right colon for Chilaiditi syndrome in a 38-year-old patient
This video demonstrates our laparoscopic approach to the right colon for Chilaiditi syndrome with recurrent episodes of bowel obstruction.
A 38-year-old man with Down syndrome was admitted to our emergency department for acute abdominal pain and vomiting. The objective signs and radiographic findings were indicative of bowel obstruction. In his last few years, he was admitted multiple times to the emergency department for mechanical bowel obstruction. Both CT-scan and MRI showed medial dislocation of the liver and transposition of the right colon and small bowel loops in between the diaphragm and the liver. We propose a specific port-site layout and a counterclockwise approach, to allow for the correct triangulation of surgical instruments especially during the mobilization of the hepatic flexure, which is often the most critical phase of the operation. Starting from the mobilization of the transverse colon and proceeding towards the caecum we take advantage of gravity in handling the right colon. The operative time was 90 minutes. The patient recovered with no complications and was discharged on postoperative day 6. His symptoms disappeared completely.
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
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Mobilization of the right colon for Chilaiditi syndrome in a 38-year-old patient
This video demonstrates our laparoscopic approach to the right colon for Chilaiditi syndrome with recurrent episodes of bowel obstruction.
A 38-year-old man with Down syndrome was admitted to our emergency department for acute abdominal pain and vomiting. The objective signs and radiographic findings were indicative of bowel obstruction. In his last few years, he was admitted multiple times to the emergency department for mechanical bowel obstruction. Both CT-scan and MRI showed medial dislocation of the liver and transposition of the right colon and small bowel loops in between the diaphragm and the liver. We propose a specific port-site layout and a counterclockwise approach, to allow for the correct triangulation of surgical instruments especially during the mobilization of the hepatic flexure, which is often the most critical phase of the operation. Starting from the mobilization of the transverse colon and proceeding towards the caecum we take advantage of gravity in handling the right colon. The operative time was 90 minutes. The patient recovered with no complications and was discharged on postoperative day 6. His symptoms disappeared completely.
Laparoscopic excision of a celiac paraganglioma
A 72-year-old woman was addressed to the endocrinologist for arterial hypertension and US finding of a 5cm nodule in the aortocaval space of the celiac region. The diagnostic workup revealed raised urinary metanephrines. A CT-scan confirmed the US findings, and the nodule was also positive at PET CT-scan. A fine needle biopsy was performed, which was suggestive of a paraganglioma.
Medical treatment with Doxazosine 44mg qd was required for the adequate control of hypertension, and surgical excision was required.
A laparoscopic lateral transabdominal approach was chosen, to displace the hepatoduodenal ligament and allow for a wide access to the inferior vena cava. The operative time was 75 minutes. The patient recovered with no complications and was discharged on postoperative day 3.
Her symptoms recovered and she was found with normal metanephrines at follow-up.
Surgical intervention
2 years ago
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Laparoscopic excision of a celiac paraganglioma
A 72-year-old woman was addressed to the endocrinologist for arterial hypertension and US finding of a 5cm nodule in the aortocaval space of the celiac region. The diagnostic workup revealed raised urinary metanephrines. A CT-scan confirmed the US findings, and the nodule was also positive at PET CT-scan. A fine needle biopsy was performed, which was suggestive of a paraganglioma.
Medical treatment with Doxazosine 44mg qd was required for the adequate control of hypertension, and surgical excision was required.
A laparoscopic lateral transabdominal approach was chosen, to displace the hepatoduodenal ligament and allow for a wide access to the inferior vena cava. The operative time was 75 minutes. The patient recovered with no complications and was discharged on postoperative day 3.
Her symptoms recovered and she was found with normal metanephrines at follow-up.
Posterior retroperitoneoscopic revision of the right suprarenal space for recurrence of pheochromocytoma
A 36-year-old woman came to the attention of the endocrinologist for a recent onset of headache and tachycardia and an US finding of a 1.8cm nodule in the right suprarenal space.
At age 25, she was submitted to an anterior laparoscopic transperitoneal right adrenalectomy for a 5cm pheochromocytoma. At age 33, she underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
The diagnostic work-up revealed raised urinary metanephrine and normetanephrine and an MRI finding of a 1.5cm nodule in the right suprarenal space, with smaller satellite nodules in the retrocaval space.
A surgical revision of the right suprarenal space was indicated and the posterior retroperitoneal approach was chosen, to warrant better reach of the nodules and allow direct exposure of the retrocaval and retrohepatic spaces.
The operative time was 210 minutes. The patient recovered with no major complications and was discharged on her 4th postoperative day. Her symptoms recovered and she was found with lowered metanephrines at follow-up. An 18-FDG PET-CT scan performed 6 months after the operation showed no abnormal metabolic activity within her body.
Surgical intervention
3 years ago
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Posterior retroperitoneoscopic revision of the right suprarenal space for recurrence of pheochromocytoma
A 36-year-old woman came to the attention of the endocrinologist for a recent onset of headache and tachycardia and an US finding of a 1.8cm nodule in the right suprarenal space.
At age 25, she was submitted to an anterior laparoscopic transperitoneal right adrenalectomy for a 5cm pheochromocytoma. At age 33, she underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
The diagnostic work-up revealed raised urinary metanephrine and normetanephrine and an MRI finding of a 1.5cm nodule in the right suprarenal space, with smaller satellite nodules in the retrocaval space.
A surgical revision of the right suprarenal space was indicated and the posterior retroperitoneal approach was chosen, to warrant better reach of the nodules and allow direct exposure of the retrocaval and retrohepatic spaces.
The operative time was 210 minutes. The patient recovered with no major complications and was discharged on her 4th postoperative day. Her symptoms recovered and she was found with lowered metanephrines at follow-up. An 18-FDG PET-CT scan performed 6 months after the operation showed no abnormal metabolic activity within her body.