Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery in children and adolescents

Z. Cohen, E. Kurzbart, I. Charuzi, I. Levy, A. J. Mares

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Initial experience with laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery in children during the year Sept. 1992-Sept. 1993 is presented. The 36 procedures included 20 appendectomies, 3 cholecystectomies, 10 upper thoracic sympathectomies, 1 bilateral oophorectomy and 2 diagnostic laparoscopies. Indications were appendicitis, symptomatic gallstones, idiopathic primary palmar hyperhidrosis, and gonadal dysgenesis (xo/xy mosaicism) in a 13-year-old girl. 2 diagnostic laparoscopies were performed for chronic abdominal pain and for a possible retroperitoneal lesion, respectively. All procedures were successfully managed without complications. In 2 cases of acute appendicitis it was necessary to change to the open conventional technique because of technical difficulties. Duration of hospitalization for cholecystectomy and sympathectomy was significantly shorter than with the conventional surgical approach and convalescence was excellent, with less postoperative pain. As for the surgical approach in acute appendicitis, we cannot as yet decide whether or not laparoscopy is superior to the conventional technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-438, 504
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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