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Minerva Chirurgica 1999 April;54(4):199-204


language: Italian

Videolaparoscopy in abdominal emergencies

Siragusa G., Gelarda E., Epifanio E., Geraci F., Geraci G.


Background. Personal experience about the use of videolaparoscopy (VL) in abdominal emergencies is reported.
Methods. Design: retrospective evaluation of patients observed in the last years. Setting: General Surgery I. Policlinico University of Palermo. Subjects: 61 VL have been performed: 30 acute appendicitis, 21 acute cholecystitis, 4 perforated peptic ulcer, 1 haemoperitoneum by haemorrhaged luteal corpus, 2 pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), 1 terminal ileitis, 1 choledochal perforation after ERCP and 1 bleeding after CVL. Interventions: the following interventions have been performed: 22 VL appendectomy, 8 VL-assisted appendectomy, 21 VL cholecystectomy, 1 VL duodenal suture, 3 minilaparotomic duodenal suture, 2 prophylactic VL-assisted appendectomy, in 1 patient with terminal ileitis and in 1 PID, 1 VL partial ovarian resection. In the case with choledochal perforation during ERCP a traditional cholecystectomy was performed with an outer biliary drainage. In the patient with bleeding after CVL the spontaneous haemostasis seen during VL was confirmed by laparotomy performed to exclude baro-haemostasis and to prevent from legal motivation. The procedure was only diagnostic in 1 patient with PID. Main outcome measures: the diagnostic and therapeutic value, versus traditional surgery have been valued.
Results. VL is useful both for a correct diagnosis and to lead a laparotomy if necessary, allowing an adequate peritoneal exploration and toilet without large incisions; the operation is therefore, in any case, less invasive.
Conclusions. In our experience the use fulness of VL is clear in the suspect of acute appendicitis, acute cholecystitis, perforated peptic ulcer, haemoperitoneum and when diagnosis is not sure and in all other situations in which correct preoperative diagnosis is impossible. So this procedure is useful to make easy a correct diagnosis and to surgical treatment.

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