Effective management of pelvic lymphocysts by laparoscopic marsupialization.

F. O. Recio, Sharad A Ghamande, R. E. Hempling, M. S. Piver

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate laparoscopic transperitoneal marsupialization of pelvic lymphocysts at the time of laparoscopically directed assessment of response to first-line therapy in a population of patients treated for International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO) stage IC-IIC epithelial ovarian cancer. METHODS: Between March 1995 and March 1998, eight patients with FIGO stage IC-IIC serous epithelial ovarian tumors who developed pelvic lymphocysts after primary surgical staging underwent transperitoneal laparoscopically directed marsupialization of lymphocysts at the time of second-look laparoscopy. RESULTS: The mean age of the patient population was 50 years (range 23-65 years). The mean length of time required for marsupialization was 30 minutes (range 25-35 minutes). No patient required inpatient postoperative care. No intraoperative complications were observed. Computerized axial tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis obtained 12 weeks following surgery failed to demonstrate re-accumulation of lymphocysts among any patient in the study population. With a median follow-up of 20 months (range 3-39 months), no patients have demonstrated pelvic lymphocyst recurrence. CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION: Laparoscopically directed marsupialization of pelvic lymphocysts is technically feasible, safe and effective. Further study of this technique appears to be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-102
Number of pages6
JournalJSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons / Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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