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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