Laparoscopic resection of an intra-abdominal cystic mass: A cystic mesothelioma

Daniel W. Birch, Adrian Park, Vicki Chen

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The clinical features of a patient with an intra-abdominal cystic mass do not lead to a specific diagnosis. Aspiration is usually ineffective because the mass recurs and cytologic investigation is often non-diagnostic. Conservative management is unsuccessful because symptoms often persist. Surgical management of cystic masses is required for definitive management and pathologic diagnosis. A laparoscopic approach to the diagnosis and treatment can provide essential anatomic information and a complete resection with minimal morbidity. A laparoscopic technique using 3 trocars and maintaining the integrity of the mass allows complete excision and removal of large intra-abdominal cystic masses as reported in a 43-year-old patient with a large intra-abdominal cystic mass identified as a benign cystic mesothelioma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-164
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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