Conservative laparoscopic treatment of a posttraumatic splenic cyst


Laparoscopy has recently been demonstrated to be a useful alternative to open surgery for the surgical treatment of spleen disorders, and it can also facilitate a conservative approach for treatment of selected spleen lesions. We present the laparoscopic spleen-preserving treatment of a post-traumatic spleen cyst. A 28-year-old female presented a mass in the left hypochondrium immediately after an uneventful pregnancy. CT revealed a splenic cyst of 10×8 cm. Laparoscopic exploration showed a cyst located in the lower pole of the spleen. All the cyst wall not covered by spleen tissue (70%) was excised, and the fragment of cyst wall was recovered through a bag. The patient recovered uneventfully and was discharged 72 hours later. The laparoscopic approach should be considered for evaluation and treatment of selected benign cystic lesions of liver, retroperitoneum or spleen origin.

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Targarona, E.M., Martínez, J., Ramos, C. et al. Conservative laparoscopic treatment of a posttraumatic splenic cyst. Surg Endosc 9, 71–72 (1995).

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Key words

  • Splenic cyst
  • Posttraumatic splenic cyst
  • Conservative treatment