Laparoscopic unroofing of adrenal cysts

G. Guazzoni, F. Montorsi, P. Rigatti, R. Lanzi, A. E. Pontiroli, P. Silvestre, G. Breda

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Objectives: This study was aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of laparoscopic conservative surgery of the adrenal gland in the treatment of adrenal cysts. Methods: Two cases of laparoscopic decortication of symptomatic adrenal cysts with preservation of the adrenal parenchyma are presented. Results: Surgery was uneventful in both cases and patients returned to preoperative activity within 10 days from the operation. At the 3-month follow-up, computerized tomography demonstrated the absence of any cystic recurrence and adrenal endocrine function was normal. These findings were confirmed at the 1-year follow-up by ultrasonography. Conclusions: Symptomatic adrenal cysts can be effectively and safely treated by laparoscopic unroofing, a minimally invasive procedure which leaves the nondiseased adrenal parenchyma intact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-502
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Adrenal glands
  • Laparoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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