Laparoscopic left pancreatectomy with spleen preservation for multiple neuroendocrine tumors
Epublication WebSurg.com, Sep 2013;13(09). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4028
Insulinoma is the most common functional neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. Most insulinomas are benign and solitary. Surgical resection is preferred for insulinomas and cure is achieved in more than 90% of the patients. Successful surgery requires accurate localization based on contrast enhanced CT-scan, PET-scan, and intraoperative ultrasound. This video shows a laparoscopic left pancreatectomy in a young patient presenting with typical symptoms evocative of Whipple's triad. Preoperative imaging studies identified two pancreatic tumors. Laparoscopic exploration and ultrasound identified four distinct tumors, all of them expressing somatostatin and insulin. This clinical case highlights the necessity and value of ultrasound exploration during surgery for neuroendocrine tumors.