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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-15

Laparoscopic resection of extra-adrenal pheochromocytoma in paediatric age

Department of Urology, AMAI Trust's Ace Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Suresh B Patankar
Department of Urology, AMAI Trust's Ace Hospital, Sr No. 32/2a, Erandwana, Pune, Maharashtra - 411 004
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-9941.91774

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Today, in the era of minimally invasive surgery, paediatric laparoscopy has become widely popular. Extra-adrenal pheochromocytoma is a very rare entity, especially in the paediatric age group and utility of the laparoscopic approach is not established in this population. Early diagnosis and surgical excision are integral part of treatment of childhood pheochromocytoma. We present a case study of a child with hormonally active extra-adrenal pheochromocytoma that was resected laparoscopically. Laparoscopic approach provides excellent exposure with magnification and allows proper identification of the tumour and its relation to surrounding structures; complete resection of tumour was achieved with adequate vascular control. With our initial experience, we suggest laparoscopic resection is an appropriate and feasible tool in such cases.


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