Splenectomy in childhood. The laparoscopic approach.

  title={Splenectomy in childhood. The laparoscopic approach.},
  author={Ciro Esposito and Francesco P. Corcione and Giuseppe Ascione and Vasco Garipoli and Francesco Di Pietto and Michele De Pasquale},
  journal={Surgical endoscopy},
  volume={12 12},
BACKGROUND We set out to analyze the results of the first 19 laparoscopic splenectomies performed by our team in order to show the advantages and limitations of the laparoscopic approach to this kind of procedure in children. METHODS Between March 1994 and June 1997, 19 children underwent laparoscopic splenectomy; two of them also had a concomitant cholecystectomy. Their ages ranged between 4 and 14 years (median, 7.2 years). There were 14 girls and 5 boys. All the patients underwent elective… CONTINUE READING