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Laparoscopic right colectomy for colon cancer after liver transplantation

 Department of Surgery and Major Trauma, General and Emergency Surgery Unit, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, Cesena, FC, Italy

Correspondence Address:
Riccardo Bertelli,
General and Emergency Surgery Unit, Maurizio Bufalini Hospital, Viale Ghirotti 286, 47521 Cesena, FC
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DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_134_20

The incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) after liver transplantation is 0.5%–4%. Laparoscopic surgery is the standard-of-care treatment, however it is rarely performed in patients who had previously undergone liver transplantation. Few reports exist regarding minimally invasive surgery in such context and none about laparoscopic right colectomy. We present the case of a 64-year-old female with a history of liver transplantation in 2001 and who developed a right-sided CRC. A laparoscopic right colectomy was successfully performed, and the post-operative course was uneventful. Given the known benefits, we believe that laparoscopic approach should be considered in such patients.

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2004 Journal of Minimal Access Surgery
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