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Intentional resection of the diaphragm during cytoreductive laparoscopic radical nephrectomy.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Urology
0022-5347
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
167
Issue
1
Pages
48–50
Identifiers
PMID: 11743273
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A portion of the diaphragm may be intentionally resected during laparoscopic radical nephrectomy. This maneuver may be successfully managed without conversion to an open procedure. In cases of a large diaphragmatic defect or the potential for coagulopathy postoperatively a chest tube should be inserted. Potential invasion of the diaphragm by large tumors should not be considered a contraindication to cytoreductive laparoscopic radical nephrectomy.

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