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Right thoracoscopic mediastinal mass resection and bronchial injury repair
The objective is to demonstrate our technique for thoracoscopic mediastinal mass excision with concomitant bronchial injury repair.
A 13-year-old boy presented with one-month of dysphagia and a history of a recent tick bite prophylactically treated. Esophagram showed a mid-esophageal externally compressing mass confirmed by endoscopy. Chest MRI showed a 5cm mediastinal mass. Differential diagnosis included infected esophageal duplication cyst versus histoplasmoma. A thoracoscopic mass resection was scheduled.
Upon accessing the right chest, a mid-thoracic lesion next to the esophagus was noted. The mass was adherent to the esophageal wall during dissection. Intraoperative biopsy revealed a cottage cheese-like substance in the mass. Frozen section suspected a duplication cyst in the esophageal musculature. As a result, we proceeded with the resection. The cavity was then irrigated and some fluid was noted at the endotracheal tube. A 5mm right mainstem bronchus tear was found. Flexible bronchoscopy was used to repair the injury with absorbable sutures. The mass was removed from the esophageal wall and repaired with absorbable sutures. A small pleural flap was created to prevent the sutures from communicating. The patient had a small persistent pneumothorax several days postoperatively. Repeat flexible bronchoscopy showed no leak or narrowing on postoperative day (POD) 7. The patient was discharged home on POD 8. Final pathology showed a mediastinal lymph node with a non-caseating granuloma. He had positive antibodies to Francisella tularensis (tularemia Ab). His final diagnosis was mediastinal tularemia.
This video demonstrates mediastinal mass diagnostic and treatment challenges. It also shows that concomitant bronchial injuries are safe and effective to repair thoracoscopically.
T Huy, AS Munoz Abraham, H Osei, C Cappiello, GA Villalona
Surgical intervention
1 month ago
568 views
7 likes
0 comments
05:17
Right thoracoscopic mediastinal mass resection and bronchial injury repair
The objective is to demonstrate our technique for thoracoscopic mediastinal mass excision with concomitant bronchial injury repair.
A 13-year-old boy presented with one-month of dysphagia and a history of a recent tick bite prophylactically treated. Esophagram showed a mid-esophageal externally compressing mass confirmed by endoscopy. Chest MRI showed a 5cm mediastinal mass. Differential diagnosis included infected esophageal duplication cyst versus histoplasmoma. A thoracoscopic mass resection was scheduled.
Upon accessing the right chest, a mid-thoracic lesion next to the esophagus was noted. The mass was adherent to the esophageal wall during dissection. Intraoperative biopsy revealed a cottage cheese-like substance in the mass. Frozen section suspected a duplication cyst in the esophageal musculature. As a result, we proceeded with the resection. The cavity was then irrigated and some fluid was noted at the endotracheal tube. A 5mm right mainstem bronchus tear was found. Flexible bronchoscopy was used to repair the injury with absorbable sutures. The mass was removed from the esophageal wall and repaired with absorbable sutures. A small pleural flap was created to prevent the sutures from communicating. The patient had a small persistent pneumothorax several days postoperatively. Repeat flexible bronchoscopy showed no leak or narrowing on postoperative day (POD) 7. The patient was discharged home on POD 8. Final pathology showed a mediastinal lymph node with a non-caseating granuloma. He had positive antibodies to Francisella tularensis (tularemia Ab). His final diagnosis was mediastinal tularemia.
This video demonstrates mediastinal mass diagnostic and treatment challenges. It also shows that concomitant bronchial injuries are safe and effective to repair thoracoscopically.
Robotic assisted ovary preserving excision of a benign serous cystadenoma in a prepubertal symptomatic girl
Symptomatic ovarian cysts or larger incidentally diagnosed ovarian cysts require treatment. If features of malignancy can be reasonably ruled out, minimally invasive procedures can be offered to not only excise the lesion but also preserve the ovary at the same time.
A 10-year-old female child was referred to our department with complaints of right lower abdominal pain which lasted for 6 months. She had no history of vomiting. On examination, her abdomen was soft, non-tender, with no palpable mass, and not distended. Abdominal sonography revealed a 5 by 4.5cm simple cyst in the right adnexa with a 1.7mm wall thickness, with no solid component or septation. Her right ovary was not seen separately. Her left ovary and uterus showed no abnormalities. Malignancy work-up revealed nothing suspicious (Beta-HCG: 2.9 IU/L, AFP: 1.3ng/mL, CA125: 10.9, all within normal range). A robotic-assisted complete cyst excision with preservation of the ovary was performed using 3 arms of the Da Vinci Xi™ robotic surgical system. The patient resumed oral food intake the same evening. He was discharged the following day within 24 hours of the procedure on paracetamol only. The patient was healthy and well. The biopsy reported a benign serous cystadenoma. At a 1-year follow-up, the child is asymptomatic and ovarian preservation was confirmed on postoperative ultrasound. While oophorectomy is eminently feasible with a minimally invasive approach, ovary preservation in benign lesions is quite challenging using pure laparoscopy. Robotic assistance, with its 3D binocular high-definition vision, articulating instruments, and availability of simultaneous energy in both arms, provides better precision and a maximum range of movements. It also helps to preserve the ovary while removing the cyst completely. The case report with a stepwise video of the procedure is demonstrated.
S Kumaravel, A Shenoy
Surgical intervention
1 month ago
536 views
8 likes
1 comment
05:24
Robotic assisted ovary preserving excision of a benign serous cystadenoma in a prepubertal symptomatic girl
Symptomatic ovarian cysts or larger incidentally diagnosed ovarian cysts require treatment. If features of malignancy can be reasonably ruled out, minimally invasive procedures can be offered to not only excise the lesion but also preserve the ovary at the same time.
A 10-year-old female child was referred to our department with complaints of right lower abdominal pain which lasted for 6 months. She had no history of vomiting. On examination, her abdomen was soft, non-tender, with no palpable mass, and not distended. Abdominal sonography revealed a 5 by 4.5cm simple cyst in the right adnexa with a 1.7mm wall thickness, with no solid component or septation. Her right ovary was not seen separately. Her left ovary and uterus showed no abnormalities. Malignancy work-up revealed nothing suspicious (Beta-HCG: 2.9 IU/L, AFP: 1.3ng/mL, CA125: 10.9, all within normal range). A robotic-assisted complete cyst excision with preservation of the ovary was performed using 3 arms of the Da Vinci Xi™ robotic surgical system. The patient resumed oral food intake the same evening. He was discharged the following day within 24 hours of the procedure on paracetamol only. The patient was healthy and well. The biopsy reported a benign serous cystadenoma. At a 1-year follow-up, the child is asymptomatic and ovarian preservation was confirmed on postoperative ultrasound. While oophorectomy is eminently feasible with a minimally invasive approach, ovary preservation in benign lesions is quite challenging using pure laparoscopy. Robotic assistance, with its 3D binocular high-definition vision, articulating instruments, and availability of simultaneous energy in both arms, provides better precision and a maximum range of movements. It also helps to preserve the ovary while removing the cyst completely. The case report with a stepwise video of the procedure is demonstrated.
Laparoscopic TEP hernia repair for unilateral inguinal hernia in the canal of Nuck in a 7-year-old female patient
In this video, we present the case of a left-sided unilateral indirect inguinal hernia in the canal of Nuck in a 7-year-old female patient. Treatment was performed using the laparoscopic TEP inguinal hernia repair technique. The hernia sac was promptly identified and dissected without any concern to cord structures since the patient was a female. The herniotomy was performed with an Endoloop®. The only constraints of surgery were limited operating space and ergonomic handling of instruments. The patient was discharged in the evening of surgery and wounds healed within a week. Postoperative follow-up after 6 months revealed excellent cosmesis and a complete absence of hernia on the operated site. Mini laparoscopic instruments can also be used to improve surgical cosmesis and ensure same day discharge without any postoperative sequelae.
KB Kaundinya
Surgical intervention
1 month ago
811 views
4 likes
0 comments
03:35
Laparoscopic TEP hernia repair for unilateral inguinal hernia in the canal of Nuck in a 7-year-old female patient
In this video, we present the case of a left-sided unilateral indirect inguinal hernia in the canal of Nuck in a 7-year-old female patient. Treatment was performed using the laparoscopic TEP inguinal hernia repair technique. The hernia sac was promptly identified and dissected without any concern to cord structures since the patient was a female. The herniotomy was performed with an Endoloop®. The only constraints of surgery were limited operating space and ergonomic handling of instruments. The patient was discharged in the evening of surgery and wounds healed within a week. Postoperative follow-up after 6 months revealed excellent cosmesis and a complete absence of hernia on the operated site. Mini laparoscopic instruments can also be used to improve surgical cosmesis and ensure same day discharge without any postoperative sequelae.
Minimally invasive surgery for esophagectomy and tubularized gastric pull-up
The accidental ingestion of caustic agents is a common problem in pediatric emergency units. These agents can cause a series of damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract and can lead to an esophageal stricture. We present the case of a 4-year-old girl who was referred to our hospital for vomiting and hematemesis after ingesting a caustic solution. Physical examination revealed tongue edema and denuded buccal mucosa. Friable mucosa and esophageal ulceration were observed in the endoscopy. The patient was administered omeprazole and a nasogastric tube was placed for a week. Two esophageal strictures were observed after 3 weeks of the ingestion. The patient underwent esophageal dilatation once or twice a month during 21 months depending on the symptoms. Due to the refractory stricture, we decided to perform an esophagectomy and tubularized gastric pull-up by combining thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, and cervicotomy. In addition, we performed a jejunostomy to provide sufficient nutritional support. The patient started feeding on postoperative day 7 and she is currently asymptomatic.
I Cano Novillo, A García Vázquez, F de la Cruz Vigo, B Aneiros Castro
Surgical intervention
7 months ago
1070 views
5 likes
2 comments
12:40
Minimally invasive surgery for esophagectomy and tubularized gastric pull-up
The accidental ingestion of caustic agents is a common problem in pediatric emergency units. These agents can cause a series of damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract and can lead to an esophageal stricture. We present the case of a 4-year-old girl who was referred to our hospital for vomiting and hematemesis after ingesting a caustic solution. Physical examination revealed tongue edema and denuded buccal mucosa. Friable mucosa and esophageal ulceration were observed in the endoscopy. The patient was administered omeprazole and a nasogastric tube was placed for a week. Two esophageal strictures were observed after 3 weeks of the ingestion. The patient underwent esophageal dilatation once or twice a month during 21 months depending on the symptoms. Due to the refractory stricture, we decided to perform an esophagectomy and tubularized gastric pull-up by combining thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, and cervicotomy. In addition, we performed a jejunostomy to provide sufficient nutritional support. The patient started feeding on postoperative day 7 and she is currently asymptomatic.
Thoracoscopy for voluminous left thoracic neuroblastoma in a 2-year-old girl
Video-assisted oncological surgery should be performed in strict compliance with surgical oncology requisites: complete excision, no risk of cancer cell dissemination, and no additional operative risks. Radical surgery requirements must be respected and adjacent organs must be preserved. Our team contributed to research articles on neurogenic tumor surgery, published in international medical journals in 2007 (J Pediatr Surg, 2007; 42 (10): 1725-8 and J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2007; 17 (6): 825-9).
Our case study further demonstrates that the thoracoscopic resection of neurogenic tumors perfectly meets oncological surgery requirements, offering the parietal benefits of minimally invasive surgery. A magnified operative field is a major asset because it allows performing surgery safely. It is now possible to gain a perfect knowledge of the patient and tumor anatomy preoperatively by using a 3D modeling tool and preoperative CT-scan images of the patient.
C Klipfel, A Lachkar, F Becmeur
Surgical intervention
7 months ago
456 views
1 like
1 comment
04:32
Thoracoscopy for voluminous left thoracic neuroblastoma in a 2-year-old girl
Video-assisted oncological surgery should be performed in strict compliance with surgical oncology requisites: complete excision, no risk of cancer cell dissemination, and no additional operative risks. Radical surgery requirements must be respected and adjacent organs must be preserved. Our team contributed to research articles on neurogenic tumor surgery, published in international medical journals in 2007 (J Pediatr Surg, 2007; 42 (10): 1725-8 and J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 2007; 17 (6): 825-9).
Our case study further demonstrates that the thoracoscopic resection of neurogenic tumors perfectly meets oncological surgery requirements, offering the parietal benefits of minimally invasive surgery. A magnified operative field is a major asset because it allows performing surgery safely. It is now possible to gain a perfect knowledge of the patient and tumor anatomy preoperatively by using a 3D modeling tool and preoperative CT-scan images of the patient.
Subtotal laparoscopic splenectomy for hemolytic disorders in a 5-year-old girl
In case of hemolytic disease, subtotal splenectomy is an alternative to total splenectomy, the efficacy of which has been evidenced in the literature (Inter J Surg 2010;8:48-51). This procedure is particularly relevant in young children as it precludes risks of infection related to total splenectomy. Subtotal splenectomy should reduce the size of the splenic parenchyma by 80% in order to prevent recurrence and completion surgery in the short term. In 2008, we had already reported a first multicentric study on subtotal splenectomy (Surg Endosc 2008;22:45-9).
Technically, it is interesting to have access to an inconstant artery draining the superior pole of the spleen, which is then left in place (Surg Endosc 2006;21:1678). When this artery is not present, the superior pole of the spleen will be preserved as it is vascularized by one or two short vessels of the gastrosplenic omentum.
F Becmeur, C Klipfel, A Lachkar
Surgical intervention
7 months ago
1103 views
9 likes
0 comments
04:19
Subtotal laparoscopic splenectomy for hemolytic disorders in a 5-year-old girl
In case of hemolytic disease, subtotal splenectomy is an alternative to total splenectomy, the efficacy of which has been evidenced in the literature (Inter J Surg 2010;8:48-51). This procedure is particularly relevant in young children as it precludes risks of infection related to total splenectomy. Subtotal splenectomy should reduce the size of the splenic parenchyma by 80% in order to prevent recurrence and completion surgery in the short term. In 2008, we had already reported a first multicentric study on subtotal splenectomy (Surg Endosc 2008;22:45-9).
Technically, it is interesting to have access to an inconstant artery draining the superior pole of the spleen, which is then left in place (Surg Endosc 2006;21:1678). When this artery is not present, the superior pole of the spleen will be preserved as it is vascularized by one or two short vessels of the gastrosplenic omentum.
Laparoscopic ligation of middle sacral artery and dissection of sacrococcygeal teratoma to decrease intraoperative hemorrhagic risk
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.
T Huy, H Osei, AS Munoz Abraham, R Damle, GA Villalona
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
782 views
5 likes
0 comments
05:33
Laparoscopic ligation of middle sacral artery and dissection of sacrococcygeal teratoma to decrease intraoperative hemorrhagic risk
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.
Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children
Introduction:
Hydatid cyst is a parasitic disease caused by the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm. Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver remains controversial and few series have been published. The aim of this work is to present a case of liver hydatid cyst in an 8-year-old girl treated laparoscopically.
Case presentation:
An 8-year-old child was admitted to our department for the management of a voluminous liver hydatid cyst. The patient underwent a thoraco-abdominal CT-scan, which concluded to a left lobe liver hydatid cyst. The laparoscopic open access is achieved at the umbilicus using a 10mm port. Carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum pressure is maintained at 10mmHg. Two other 5mm ports are introduced in the right and left hypochondrium. A 0-degree laparoscope is then used. The cyst is protected by means of pads filled with a 10% hypertonic saline solution. After we proceed to a puncture aspiration of the cyst, sterilization is achieved via injection of a hypertonic saline solution during 15 minutes, then reaspiration is performed with a Veress needle. The cyst is opened with a coagulating hook and the proligerous membrane is removed and put in a bag. The last step is the resection of the dome and the search for biliary fistula. We drained the residual cavity. The pads are removed. The Redon drain was removed on day 2 and the patient was discharged from hospital on postoperative day 3. Postoperatively, the patient was put on albendazole (10mg/kg) for one month.
Conclusion:
Laparoscopy stands for an excellent approach to the treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children by respecting appropriate indications.
R Adjerid, F Sebaa, N Otsmane, A Khelifaoui
Surgical intervention
1 year ago
1866 views
10 likes
1 comment
05:13
Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children
Introduction:
Hydatid cyst is a parasitic disease caused by the Echinococcus granulosus tapeworm. Laparoscopic treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver remains controversial and few series have been published. The aim of this work is to present a case of liver hydatid cyst in an 8-year-old girl treated laparoscopically.
Case presentation:
An 8-year-old child was admitted to our department for the management of a voluminous liver hydatid cyst. The patient underwent a thoraco-abdominal CT-scan, which concluded to a left lobe liver hydatid cyst. The laparoscopic open access is achieved at the umbilicus using a 10mm port. Carbon dioxide pneumoperitoneum pressure is maintained at 10mmHg. Two other 5mm ports are introduced in the right and left hypochondrium. A 0-degree laparoscope is then used. The cyst is protected by means of pads filled with a 10% hypertonic saline solution. After we proceed to a puncture aspiration of the cyst, sterilization is achieved via injection of a hypertonic saline solution during 15 minutes, then reaspiration is performed with a Veress needle. The cyst is opened with a coagulating hook and the proligerous membrane is removed and put in a bag. The last step is the resection of the dome and the search for biliary fistula. We drained the residual cavity. The pads are removed. The Redon drain was removed on day 2 and the patient was discharged from hospital on postoperative day 3. Postoperatively, the patient was put on albendazole (10mg/kg) for one month.
Conclusion:
Laparoscopy stands for an excellent approach to the treatment of a hydatid cyst of the liver in children by respecting appropriate indications.