Laparoscopic Splenectomy for Malignant Diseases

  • R. Matthew Walsh
  • B. Todd Heniford


Since Delaitre and Maignien [1] reported the first laparoscopic splenectomy in 1991, the utility of laparoscopic splenectomy in the treatment of hematologic diseases such as hereditary spherocytosis, immune thrombocytopenic purpura, and autoimmune hemolytic anemia has been well established. Thousands of cases in the surgical literature have documented laparoscopic splenectomy as safe and effective in the management of these benign hematologic disorders. As with other minimally invasive surgical techniques, when compared to conservative or open surgery, patients appear to benefit from rapid advancement of diet, reduced postoperative pain and analgesic requirements, a shorter postoperative hospital stay, and an improved cosmetic result. Additionally, the period of convalescence is brief with an early return to work and normal activities.


Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Laparoscopic Splenectomy Hairy Cell Leukemia Operative Blood Loss Hereditary Spherocytosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Matthew Walsh
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Todd Heniford
    • 3
  1. 1.Lerner College of MedicineCase Western UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Division of GI and Minimal Access SurgeryCarolinas Medical CenterCharlotteUSA

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