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Intentional resection of the diaphragm during cytoreductive laparoscopic radical nephrectomy.

Authors
  • Pautler, Stephen E
  • Richards, Colletta
  • Libutti, Steven K
  • Linehan, W Marston
  • Walther, McClellan M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Urology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2002
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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