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  • 2016-02-02

Posterior retroperitoneoscopic revision of the right suprarenal space for recurrence of pheochromocytoma

Epublication WebSurg.com, Feb 2016;16(02). URL:
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.