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Title: Novel technique to prevent lymphocele recurrence after laparoscopic lymphocele fenestration in renal transplant patients
Authors: Tawatchai Taweemonkongsap
Sittiporn Srinualnad
Chaiyong Nualyong
Anupan Tantiwong
Suchai Soontrapa
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2006
Citation: Journal of Endourology. Vol.20, No.9 (2006), 654-658
Abstract: Purpose: To describe the use of nonabsorbable polymer ligating (NPL) clips to prevent recurrence after laparoscopic lymphocele fenestration and to determine the efficacy and safety of this treatment in renal-transplant patients at our center. Patients and Methods: From December 2000 to October 2005, nine patients with a mean age of 38.5 years (range 26-54 years) and symptomatic lymphoceles were treated laparoscopically among 144 renal-transplant patients. The overall incidence of symptomatic lymphocele was 6.2% (9/144). The mean time from transplantation to diagnosis was 55.5 days (range 20-98 days). Patient and lymphocele characteristics, complications, recurrence rate, and outcomes of this procedure were analyzed retrospectively. Results: Laparoscopic treatment was successful in eight patients; the other was converted to open surgery. One patient sustained an allograft-ureteral injury. The mean operative time was 90.7 minutes (range 75-120 minutes), and the mean postoperative stay was 4.1 days (range 1-7 days). Lymphocele recurrence was found in the first two patients after laparoscopic surgery without NPL clips. With a mean follow-up of 42.3 months (range 31-51 months), no recurrence was observed in patients in whom NPL clips were used to maintain the patency of the peritoneal window. No late laparoscopy-related complications occurred. Conclusion: Laparoscopic lymphocele fenestration with NPL clips is a safe, technically easy, and efficacious procedure for the treatment of symptomatic lymphoceles after renal transplantion. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN: 08927790
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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