Date: 06 May 2003

Laparoscopic rectopexy for solitary ulcer of rectum syndrome in a child

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Background: Solitary ulcer of rectum syndrome occurs rarely in children, and the diagnosis may be difficult. Rectopexy has already been reported with good results in adults and children. We report the first laparoscopic rectopexy in children. Methods: We report the first case of rectopexy performed according to the Orr-Loygue technique using a laparoscopic approach in children. Three trocars were used. A polypropylene mesh was sutured on each side of the rectum and fixed to the promontary with a nonabsorbable suture. The operative time was 150 min. Results: The postoperative course was uneventful. The boy was discharged on postoperative day 3. The rectoscopy at 4 months was normal. The rectal bleeding and pain had disappeared by the 18-month follow-up assessment. Conclusion: We report a successful laparoscopic rectopexy for solitary ulcer of rectum syndrome in a child. The procedure is simple, safe, and reproductible, giving good results in the reported case.