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Port Site Metastasis of B-cell Lymphoma: A First Occurrence or an Underreported Complication?

Palazzo, Francesco MD*; Kaulback, Kris R. MD*; Wagner, John L. MD; Lindenbaum, Gary A. MD*; Cohen, Murray J. MD*

Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques: December 2007 - Volume 17 - Issue 6 - p 554-555
doi: 10.1097/SLE.0b013e318136e467
Case Reports

Minimally invasive techniques have been accepted as safe and reliable in the work-up of patients with lymphoproliferative disorders. As the oncologic indications of laparoscopy expand, many authors have raised concerns regarding the occurrence of port site metastases after minimally invasive procedures for a multiform array of neoplastic diseases. A review of the existing literature demonstrates no mention of port site occurrence following staging laparoscopy for malignant hematologic disorders. We report the first case of port site metastasis after diagnostic laparoscopy in a patient with large B-cell lymphoma. As these procedures become more common, we may be exposed to the increasing numbers of patients with this clinical presentation. A clear knowledge of the technical steps to minimize risk of port site metastasis is mandatory for any advanced laparoscopic surgeon.

Departments of *Surgery

Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Reprints: Francesco Palazzo, MD, Department of Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, 1015 Walnut Street, Suite 620, Curtis Building, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (e-mail:

Received for publication July 13, 2006; accepted May 29, 2007

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.