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Minerva Chirurgica 2002 April;57(2):225-8

language: Italian

Laparoscopical marsupialization of symptomatic lymphoceles following kidney trans-plantation

Schiavone A., Scarone P. C., Guaitoli S.


Personal experience in the laparoscopic treatment of a lymphocele following kidney transplantation and a review of the literature are presented. We have treated a symptomatic lymphocele, which occurred a month after renal transplantation. It compressed the iliac vessels and obstructed the urine flow. Physical examinations revealed it consisted of two chambers; it measured 12X8X6 cm. A US-guided puncture was performed and a drainage tube out in place. A continuous flow of lymphatic liquid derived, and therefore we decided on surgical intervention, which was conducted in laparoscopy. A puncture of blue through the drainage tube was performed; under US-guidance, we made an opening in the peritoneal wall and in the wall of the lymphocele. A cauterization of the edges was conducted. An immediate improvement in subjective and objective symptoms was achieved. A four-month follow-up showed minimal residual effusion, slowly disappearing. Literature data and clinical evolution of the patient show that the laparoscopic approach is to be considered the ''gold standard'' for the treatment of symptomatic lymphocele following kidney transplantation. The authors recommend the use of US-guidance to single out anatomic structures, particularly for surgeons not trained in this procedure.

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