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Laparoscopic splenectomy: indications and technique

A D'Urso, MD, PhD D Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jun 2016;16(06). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03endurso001

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Since the first report of laparoscopic splenectomy by Delaitre and Maignien in 1991, laparoscopic splenectomy has become a standard procedure for elective removal. Indications for laparoscopic splenectomy are similar to those of open splenectomy except when emergency splenectomy and exploratory laparotomy for traumatic injuries are required. However, several technical challenges remain related to removing this fragile, well-vascularized organ. In this lecture, Dr. D’Urso outlines the current indications, standard approach, and results of laparoscopic splenectomy for elective removal.