Published online Mar 21, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i11.3420
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.
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.