Surgery Today

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 735–738 | Cite as

Laparoscopic hemi-splenectomy

  • Matteo De Pastena
  • Maarten W. Nijkamp
  • Thomas G. van Gulik
  • Olivier R. Busch
  • H. S. Hermanides
  • Marc G. BesselinkEmail author
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Laparoscopic splenectomy is now established as a safe and feasible procedure. However, it remains associated with some short- and long-term postoperative complications, especially infectious complications. To our knowledge, this is the first report (with video) focusing on the safety and feasibility of laparoscopic hemi-splenectomy and its surgical outcomes for the treatment of splenic abscesses causing septic emboli. This technique combines the immunological benefits of partial splenectomy and the postoperative benefits of a minimally invasive approach. Further studies are needed to standardize this technique and to assess its immunological and surgical benefits.


Laparoscopy Partial splenectomy Infectious complication 


Author contributions

Study conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting of manuscript, and critical revision: MDP, MWN, TGVG, ORB, HSH, and MGB.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

No conflicts of interest.

Supplementary material

Supplementary material 1 (M4V 29883 KB)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Cancer Center AmsterdamAcademic Medical Center AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.General and Pancreatic Surgery Department, Pancreas InstituteUniversity and Hospital Trust of VeronaVeronaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineAcademic Medical Center AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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