Exteriorization-aspiration minilaparotomy for treatment of neonatal ovarian cysts

F. Ferro, B. D. Iacobelli, A. Zaccara, A. Spagnoli, A. Trucchi, P. Bagolan

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Introduction: Recent literature indicates that laparoscopic techniques are considered the most appropriate approach for management of neonatal ovarian cysts (NOC). However, laparoscopic equipment may be unavailable in most centers, has high costs, and demands a long learning curve, especially in newborns. Methods: A minilaparotomy with exteriorization-aspiration ("catch and suck") approach was used in 14 female newborns with antenatally diagnosed ovarian cysts. Average operating time was 25 minutes (range 15-45 min.). Postoperative course was uneventful in all cases; no intra- or postoperative complications were recorded. Length of stay was 48 hours in all patients. Conclusions: Minilaparotomy with cyst aspiration and subsequent removal may prove a reliable and safe technique in the treatment of NOC: operating time and length of stay are not significantly longer than laparoscopic approach, making this procedure a valid alternative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Cysts, neonatal
  • Exteriorization-aspiration minilaparoscopy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Ovarian cysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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