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Concomitant Laparoscopic Splenectomy and Cholecystectomy

Sasaki, Akira MD; Nitta, Hiroyuki MD; Otuska, Koki MD; Kimura, Yusuke MD; Obuchi, Toru MD; Wakabayashi, Go MD

Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques: April 2010 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 66-68
doi: 10.1097/SLE.0b013e3181d8493e
Original Articles

Purpose The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and outcomes of concomitant laparoscopic treatment for coexisting spleen and gallbladder diseases.

Methods Between March 1997 and August 2009, 9 patients underwent concomitant laparoscopic splenectomy and cholecystectomy. Indications for laparoscopic splenectomy included hereditary spherocytosis (4 patients), splenic artery aneurysm (2), hypersplenism (2), and Evans syndrome (1).

Results The median operating time and the blood loss were 165 minutes (range: 70 to 300 min) and 36 mL (range: 10 to 274 mL). The median resected splenic weight was 256 g (range: 137 to 820 g). No patient required conversion to an open procedure. Portal system thrombosis occurred in 2 patients. The median length of hospital stay was 9 days (range: 3 to 15 d).

Conclusion With increasing institutional experience, concomitant laparoscopic splenectomy and cholecystectomy is a safe and feasible procedure and may be considered for coexisting spleen and gallbladder diseases.

Department of Surgery, Iwate Medical University School of Medicine, Japan

Reprints: Akira Sasaki, MD, Department of Surgery, Iwate Medical University School of Medicine, 19-1 Uchimaru, Morioka, 020-8505, Japan (e-mail:

Received for publication October 1, 2009; accepted February 5, 2010

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.