Since the recent development of endoscopic cholecystectomy various other digestive disorders have been treated endoscopically. Using the endo-GIA stapler the authors report a case of laparoscopic splenectomy. Five trocar sheaths were used. Once detached, the spleen was cut into fragments in a plastic bag intraabdominally, which allowed its removal. Splenectomy was performed for a girl who had an autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). No operative transfusion was required. The patient was discharged after an uncomplicated postoperative recovery. The cosmetic result is good.
Key wordsLaparoscopic splenectomy Endoscopic cholecystectomy Spleen Thrombocytopenic purpura
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