Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy for intestinal intussuception.


INTRODUCTION Adult intussusception is rare and usually associated with carcinoma in 50% of the cases. These have traditionally been managed using an open technique. We herein describe a laparoscopic extended right hemicolectomy in a 62-year-old lady with an intussuception secondary to a transverse colonic tumor. METHODS The patient presented with 6 weeks of crampy, colicky, abdominal pain. Her CT scan reported intussuception of the proximal large bowel. She underwent an extended laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with primary anastomosis. RESULTS Her post-operative recovery was uneventful and the histology reported a large bowel adenocarcinoma (pT4, N0, M0) with none out of 25 nodes involved. CONCLUSION When operative intervention is required, intussuception may be managed using a minimally invasive technique. However, large bowel intussuception in adults may have a malignant cause thus laparoscopic resection should only be performed by surgeons experienced in laparoscopic resections for colorectal malignancies as oncological safety must be the primary concern. This laparoscopic approach facilitates rapid recovery and earlier time to adjuvant therapy if required.

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0383-8

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@article{Kiernan2012LaparoscopicRH, title={Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy for intestinal intussuception.}, author={Frank Kiernan and Michelle Joyce and Colman K Byrnes and Frank B. V. Keane and Paul C. Neary}, journal={Irish journal of medical science}, year={2012}, volume={181 3}, pages={333-5} }