Effectiveness and safety of laparoscopic adrenalectomy

G. Guazzoni, F. Montorsi, F. Bergamaschi, P. Rigatti, G. Cornaggia, R. Lanzi, A. E. Pontiroli

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A laparoscopic approach was used to remove the adrenal gland in 7 patients with aldosterone-producing adenoma (Conn's disease), 2 with corticosteroid- producing adenoma (pituitary-independent Cushing's syndrome) and 2 with pheochromocytoma. The affected gland was on the right side in 3 patients and on the left side in 8. Mean operative time was 3 hours 10 minutes (range 140 to 370 minutes). The operation was uneventful in all patients and blood transfusions were never required. Mean postoperative hospitalization was 2.9 ± 0.8 days (standard error). Only minimal doses of analgesics were used postoperatively. All patients returned to work within 10 days postoperatively (mean 8.4 ± 1.2 days). Two months postoperatively no patient had clinical, biochemical or hormonal evidence of recurrent or persistent disease. We conclude that laparoscopic adrenalectomy is a safe and effective, minimally invasive approach for patients with benign adrenal neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1375-1378
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number5 I
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • adrenal
  • adrenal neoplasms
  • peritoneoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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