Journal of Minimal Access Surgery

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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 342--344

Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy and splenectomy for diverticulitis and splenic sarcoidosis

Natalia Kubicki1, Stephen Kavic1, Hugo JR Bonatti2 
1 Department of Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Systems, Baltimore, MD, USA
2 Surgical Services, University of Maryland Community Medical Group, University of Maryland, Easton; Meritus Surgical Specialists, Hagerstown, MD, USA

Correspondence Address:
Hugo JR Bonatti
Meritus Surgical Specialists, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 147, Hagerstown, MD 21742
USA

Splenectomy together with colectomy is most commonly performed as a result of iatrogenic injury and not as an additional elective procedure. A 50-year-old African American female presented with recurrent episodes of diverticulitis. She had mediastinal, and porta hepatis lymphadenopathy and subcutaneous nodules, but multiple biopsies were unable to establish the diagnosis. On computed tomography scan, innumerable hypodense splenic lesions were noted. The patient underwent combined laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy and splenectomy. First, the severely inflamed sigmoid colon was mobilised followed by descending colon and splenic flexure. The spleen, which showed multiple granulomas, was dissected out and the hilum secured with a stapler. The rectum was now stapled, the Pfannenstiel incision was reopened, the spleen was removed in a retrieval bag and the colon was pulled out. The colorectal anastomosis was created with an end-to-end anastomotic (circular) stapler. Pathology demonstrated multiple non-caseating granulomas indicative for sarcoidosis and acute/chronic diverticulitis. The patient developed a superficial surgical site infection but no other complications. Prednisone and methotrexate were started and her sarcoidosis improved. She was well at her 2 years of follow-up. Only few patients have an indication for elective splenectomy together with segmental colectomy. The procedure can be safely performed using a laparoscopic approach.


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Kubicki N, Kavic S, Bonatti HJ. Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy and splenectomy for diverticulitis and splenic sarcoidosis.J Min Access Surg 2019;15:342-344


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Kubicki N, Kavic S, Bonatti HJ. Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy and splenectomy for diverticulitis and splenic sarcoidosis. J Min Access Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 8 ];15:342-344
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