Laparoscopic Resection of the Pancreatic Tail with Preservation of the Spleen in a Patient with a Large Pseudopapillary Tumor of the Pancreas

ABSTRACT

Laparoscopic resections of the pancreas have gained in popularity in the last few years. Those preserving the integrity of the spleen are performed very rarely and are a challenge for every surgeon. We hereby report a case of laparoscopic resection of the pancreatic tail with preservation of the spleen and the integrity and the blood supply to the spleen in a 26 year-old patient with a large pseudopapillary tumor of the pancreas. Postoperative recovery was quick and without complications. The functional and aesthetic result was satisfactory. Laparoscopic resection of the pancreas is a safe and effective therapeutic procedure in selected patients

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