Case Report
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World J Gastroenterol. Mar 21, 2015; 21(11): 3420-3424
Published online Mar 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i11.3420
Partial splenectomy using a laparoscopic bipolar radiofrequency device: A case report
Wei-Dong Wang, Jie Lin, Zhi-Qiang Wu, Qing-Bo Liu, Jing Ma, Xiao-Wu Chen
Wei-Dong Wang, Jie Lin, Zhi-Qiang Wu, Qing-Bo Liu, Jing Ma, Xiao-Wu Chen, Second Department of General Surgery, the First People’s Hospital of Shunde, Shunde 528300, Guangdong Province, China
Author contributions: Wang WD, Lin J, Wu ZQ, Liu QB and Chen XW participated in the study design and performance; Ma J collected the clinical data.
Supported by grants from First People’s Hospital of Shunde, Guangdong Province, China.
Ethics approval: The study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of The First People’s Hospital of Shunde.
Informed consent: The study participant provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
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Correspondence to: Xiao-Wu Chen, MD, PhD, Second Department of General Surgery, the First People’s Hospital of Shun De, No. 1 Penglai Road, Shunde 528300, Guangdong Province, China.
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Received: September 25, 2014
Peer-review started: September 28, 2014
First decision: October 29, 2014
Revised: November 25, 2014
Accepted: December 16, 2014
Article in press: December 16, 2014
Published online: March 21, 2015

We report a 51-year-old female patient with a solitary lymphangioma located in the upper splenic pole which was managed successfully with laparoscopic partial splenectomy. Surgery lasted 170 min and did not require blood transfusions. The patient recovered well post-operatively and was asymptomatic at the 3-mo follow-up. She had a normal platelet count and no recurrence on ultrasonography or computed tomography. Laparoscopic partial splenectomy is a safe, minimally invasive technique for the treatment of solitary splenic lymphangiomas in the splenic pole. We performed the procedure using the HabibTM 4X device. This laparoscopic bipolar radiofrequency device ensured a “bloodless” splenic parenchymal resection.

Keywords: Laparoscopic partial splenectomy, Splenic lymphangioma, Laparoscopic bipolar radiofrequency device, HabibTM 4X

Core tip: We report the first case of a solitary splenic lymphangioma managed successfully by laparoscopic partial splenectomy using HabibTM 4X, a laparoscopic bipolar radiofrequency device, which allowed for a “bloodless” splenic parenchymal resection.