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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-19

Melanoma metastasis to the spleen: Laparoscopic approach


Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS and Division of Digestive Surgery, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, HCPA, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Eduardo Neubarth Trindade
Rua Hilário Ribeiro 144/601 90510-040, Porto Alegre
Brazil
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.51316

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We report a case of minimally invasive surgery in the management of metastasis to the spleen. A 67-year-old male patient with possible splenic soft tissue melanoma metastasis was referred to our hospital. He had a history of an excised soft tissue melanoma from his back eight months earlier, and the control abdominal computer tomography (CT) scan revealed a hypodense spleen lesion. The patient underwent laparoscopic surgery to diagnose and treat the splenic lesion. The splenectomy was performed and the histological examination revealed a melanoma. The patient had a good postoperative course and was discharged on the second postoperative day. On his 12-month follow-up there was no sign of recurrence. The laparoscopic approach is a safe and effective alternative for treatment of splenic metastases.






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