Spleen-preserving laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy with conservation of the splenic artery and vein for a large insulinoma

N Tagaya, K Ishikawa, K Kubota
Surgical Endoscopy 2002, 16 (1): 217-8
We report a successful spleen-preserving laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy for a large insulinoma with conservation of the splenic artery and vein. The patient was a 48-year-old man with syncope due to hypoglycemia. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) and ultrasonography revealed a large 6-cm mass located in the tail of the pancreas. We adopted the laparoscopic approach to remove the tumor. After careful dissection and an accurate hemostasis between the pancreas and splenic vessels, laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy was carried out using a linear stapler. There were no perioperative complications. The patient was discharged uneventfully. He had no hypoglycemic episodes or abdominal symptoms during 8 months of follow-up. When performed by experienced laparoscopic surgeons in conjunction with intraoperative ultrasonography, spleen-preserving laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy with conservation of the splenic artery and vein is a technically feasible procedure for the treatment of benign lesions of the tail or body of the pancreas.

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