Journal article

Peritoneal "pillowcase" for the displaced spleen post-digital pancreatectomy

S Appu, AB Young, N Lawrentschuk

JOURNAL OF HEPATO-BILIARY-PANCREATIC SURGERY | SPRINGER TOKYO | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND PURPOSE: Spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy, although rarely performed, has become an option for treatment of distal pancreatic neoplasms. However, the spleen, once mobilised, is often free to tort. A reliable method of fixing the spleen would be a useful adjunct to this procedure. METHODS: We describe the use of a new technique to fix the spleen using a peritoneal "pillowcase" to envelop the spleen, thus preventing its torsion. RESULTS: This patient has done well, with no problems encountered intraoperatively or postoperatively, using this new technique of spleen fixation. CONCLUSIONS: The use of a peritoneal "pillowcase" to envelope the spleen following distal pancreatectom..

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