Laparoscopic colonic resection for splenic flexure cancer: Our experience

Andrea Pisani Ceretti, Nirvana Maroni, Matteo Sacchi, Stefano Bona, Maria Rachele Angiolini, Paolo Bianchi, Enrico Opocher, Marco Montorsi

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Background: The treatment of colon cancer located in splenic flexure is not standardized. Laparoscopic approach is still considered a challenging procedure. This study reviews two Institutions experience in laparoscopic treatment of left colonic flexure cancer. Intraoperative, pathologic and postoperative data from patients undergoing laparoscopic splenic flexure resection were analyzed to assess oncological safety as well as early and medium-term outcomes. Methods: From October 2005 to May 2014 laparoscopic splenic flexure resection was performed in 23 patients. Results: Conversion rate was nihil. In 7 cases the anastomosis was performed intracorporeally. Specimen mean length was 21.2cm, while the distance of distal and proximal resection margin from tumor site was 6.5 and 11.5 respectively. The mean number of harvested lymph nodes was 20.8. Mean operative time was 190min and mean estimated blood loss was equal to 55ml. As regard major postoperative complications, one case of postoperative acute pancreatitis and one case of postoperative bleeding from the anastomotic suture line were reported. Conclusions: Although our experience is limited and appropriate indications must be set by future randomized studies, we believe that laparoscopic resection with intracorporeal anastomosis appears feasible and safe for patients affected by splenic flexure cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number76
JournalBMC Gastroenterology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 7 2015


  • Colon cancer
  • Intracorporeal anastomosis
  • Laparoscopic resection
  • Splenic flexure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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