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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66-69

Early laparoscopic Kasai's procedure in a low weight newborn

Department of Visceral Pediatric Surgery, Lapeyronie Hospital, Montpellier, France

Correspondence Address:
H Allal
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Montpellier University
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.33276

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The authors present an early laparoscopic treatment in a newborn with biliary atresia. They describe the technical details of the Kasai laparoscopic procedure. A 10-day-old girl, weight 2.4 kg, was admitted with a history of jaundice and fecal acholia since birth, with elevated total bilirubin and abnormal hepatic test. Abdominal ultrasound showed a small gallbladder with hyperechogenicity in porta hepatis and absence of biliary principal duct. Other metabolic and hematological tests were normal. The procedure was performed at 20-day-old by laparoscopy. The cholangiography confirmed the biliary atresia and Kasai's procedure was continued by laparoscopy and transumbilical extracorporeal Roux-Y approach. The duration of the procedure was 220 min, with good tolerance of pneumoperitoneum due to the laparoscopy. Feedings of breast milk began on the third day postoperative, presenting normal colored stools, with normalization of the hepatic test. A 20 months follow-up was without complications.


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