Laparoscopic nephrectomy

R. V. Clayman, L. R. Kavoussi, N. J. Soper, S. M. Dierks, S. Meretyk, M. D. Darcy, S. R. Long, F. D. Roemer, E. D. Pingleton, P. G. Thomson

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To the Editor: Recently, laparoscopic cholecystectomy has had a marked effect on surgical practice.1 However, laparoscopic technology has not been applied to larger solid organs because of the lack of appropriate instrumentation and techniques.2 We report a clinically successful laparoscopic nephrectomy. A 3-cm asymptomatic, solid right renal mass of the middle lower pole was discovered serendipitously in a slender 85-year-old woman on abdominal computed tomography performed as part of a trauma evaluation. A complete radiographic and laboratory evaluation revealed no metastatic disease. After clearance by the Washington University Investigational Review Board and after extensive counseling regarding the possibility of hemorrhage,. . .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1370-1371
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 9 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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