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Laparoscopic Splenectomy for a Lymphangioma of the Spleen: Report of a Case

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We present the first case report of a suc-cessful laparoscopic complete excision of a splenic lymphangioma. The splenic tumor was preoperatively diagnosed to be a lymphangioma by the combined modalities of ultrasonography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and angiography. A laparoscopic splenectomy was subsequently performed and the pathological examination of the mass confirmed the diagnosis of a lymphangioma. Based on the above findings, a laparoscopic splenectomy is recommended when a splenic tumor is suspected to be either benign or borderline.

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Received: March 13, 2000 / Accepted: September 26, 2000

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Kwon, AH., Inui, H., Tsuji, K. et al. Laparoscopic Splenectomy for a Lymphangioma of the Spleen: Report of a Case. Surg Today 31, 258–261 (2001).

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