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Luca ANSALONI

Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital
Bergamo, Italy
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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.
M Lotti, M Giulii Capponi, L Ansaloni
Surgical intervention
1 year 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.
Mixed robotic laparoscopic synchronous left colectomy and left renal tumor enucleation
A 45-year-old woman with abdominal pain and hematochezia was found with adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon causing incomplete obstruction. CT-scan revealed a 5cm exophytic tumor of the superior pole of the left kidney.
Synchronous Left Colectomy (LC) and Renal Tumor Enucleation (RTE) were scheduled. Robotic surgery was preferred for RTE, but when performed first, splenic flexure mobilization could well interfere with subsequent LC.

Starting with a standard robotic LC would make multiple dockings and patient position changes necessary.
To overcome these problems, we adapted the technique of LC to the lateral position required for RTE and performed robotic vascular ligation of the left colon first. Robotic left colon mobilization and RTE were then performed to finally achieve colectomy and colorectal anastomosis by means of laparoscopy with the patient in a standard lithotomy position.
The procedure required only one docking of the robot and only one change in patient position. A compromise in port site positioning was obtained between the two procedures. One short incision was performed to retrieve both specimens and the same robotic instruments were used for both procedures.
Operative time was 350 minutes. The patient recovered well and no complications were noted. She was discharged on postoperative day 7.
M Lotti, RLJ Naspro, L Rocchini, L Campanati, L Da Pozzo, L Ansaloni
Surgical intervention
2 years ago
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Mixed robotic laparoscopic synchronous left colectomy and left renal tumor enucleation
A 45-year-old woman with abdominal pain and hematochezia was found with adenocarcinoma of the sigmoid colon causing incomplete obstruction. CT-scan revealed a 5cm exophytic tumor of the superior pole of the left kidney.
Synchronous Left Colectomy (LC) and Renal Tumor Enucleation (RTE) were scheduled. Robotic surgery was preferred for RTE, but when performed first, splenic flexure mobilization could well interfere with subsequent LC.

Starting with a standard robotic LC would make multiple dockings and patient position changes necessary.
To overcome these problems, we adapted the technique of LC to the lateral position required for RTE and performed robotic vascular ligation of the left colon first. Robotic left colon mobilization and RTE were then performed to finally achieve colectomy and colorectal anastomosis by means of laparoscopy with the patient in a standard lithotomy position.
The procedure required only one docking of the robot and only one change in patient position. A compromise in port site positioning was obtained between the two procedures. One short incision was performed to retrieve both specimens and the same robotic instruments were used for both procedures.
Operative time was 350 minutes. The patient recovered well and no complications were noted. She was discharged on postoperative day 7.