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Laparoscopic approach to retrorectal tumors: review of the literature and report of 4 cases.
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PMID:  21304380     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Retrorectal or presacral tumors are extremely rare and their histologic origin varies greatly. Surgical excision is indicated to prevent complications or to rule out malignancy. A laparoscopic approach has been infrequently reported to date. The aim of this article is to report our experience in 4 cases, and to review the current world experience on laparoscopic approach to retrorectal tumors.
METHODS: Between 1998 and 2009, we operated 4 cases in which a presacral tumor was diagnosed. A pure laparoscopic procedure was performed in 3 cases and a combined laparoscopic/transacral approach in a fourth. In addition, a systematic literature review and relevant reports on laparoscopic approach of these tumors were analyzed.
RESULTS: All patients underwent laparoscopic dissection of the tumor with extraction through a Phannestiel incision except in 1 case that was performed transsacrally. Simultaneously, the literature review showed 11 articles with a total number of 18 patients approached by laparoscopy.
CONCLUSIONS: The laparoscopic approach of retrorectal tumors is feasible. The advantages are an enhanced access and visualization of the pelvic structures and a more controlled preservation of nerve and vascular integrity. It seems to be a safe procedure and can be combined with a posterior approach if needed.
Franco G Marinello; Eduardo M Targarona; Carlos Rodriguez-Otero Luppi; Isidro Boguña; Joan Molet; Manuel Trias
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1534-4908     ISO Abbreviation:  Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-09     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888751     Medline TA:  Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  10-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Services of *Surgery †Gynecology ‡Neurosurgery, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, UAB, Barcelona, Spain.
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