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Three-port retroperitoneoscopic necrosectomy in management of acute necrotic pancreatitis

Clinic of Gastroenterology, Nephrourology and Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University
Center of Abdominal Surgery, Vilnius University Hospital Santariškių Klinikos
Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
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Medicina 2010, 46(3), 176;
Received: 1 July 2008 / Accepted: 5 March 2010 / Published: 10 March 2010
Introduction. Because of major morbidity and mortality after open surgery in acute necrotic pancreatitis, an interest in minimally invasive necrosectomy approaches has increased. We report the results of a recently developed minimally invasive technique that we adopted in 2007.
Material and methods.
This article contains a retrospective analysis of cases and description of original retroperitoneoscopic necrosectomy technique. There were eight patients aged 25–58 years, who underwent retroperitoneoscopic pancreatic necrosectomy in the Center of Abdominal Surgery, Vilnius University Hospital Santariškių Klinikos, between 2007 and 2009. All patients had at least 30% pancreatic necrosis with extensive retroperitoneal fl uid collections on the left side, proved by CT scan. Operations were performed on the 21st–56th days of illness (median, 36th day).
. The mean postoperative hospital stay was 49 days (range, 14–99 days). All patients survived. Two patients underwent three additional procedures; two patients, one additional procedure due to remaining infected necrosis. Three patients had no requirement for additional procedures. One patient underwent laparotomy because of bleeding.
. We assume that minimally invasive techniques should be considered a first-choice surgical option in patients with acute necrotic pancreatitis, whenever it is possible. Pancreatic necrosis less than 30% with large fluid collections in the left retroperitoneal space facilitates employment of three-port retroperitoneoscopic necrosectomy.
Keywords: acute pancreatitis; necrosectomy; retroperitoneoscopy acute pancreatitis; necrosectomy; retroperitoneoscopy
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Šileikis, A.; Beiša, V.; Simutis, G.; Tamošiūnas, A.; Strupas, K. Three-port retroperitoneoscopic necrosectomy in management of acute necrotic pancreatitis. Medicina 2010, 46, 176.

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