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Cystic pheochromocytoma: anatomical landmarks for laparoscopic resection

D Mutter, MD, PhD, FACS J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, Jul 2015;15(07). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en4497

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Surgery for pheochromocytoma is often considered difficult due to local anatomical conditions which are often associated with a hypervascularization and inflammatory reaction. This video demonstrates the case of a patient presenting with a 5cm pheochromocytoma with a necrotic core. Because the patient has a low BMI, the intraoperative anatomy is magnified and all anatomical landmarks are perfectly identified right before dissection. The lesion is eventually embedded in the liver. Its approach and dissection allow to determine the constraints related to adrenal surgery, and particularly regarding the impossibility to manipulate the lesion other than with soft retraction.