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Eur Urol. 1993;24(1):116-7.

Laparoscopic nephrectomy with vaginal delivery of the intact kidney.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Bassano del Grappa Hospital, Italy.


The first case of laparoscopic nephrectomy in Italy is described. The patient was a 51-year-old woman with a small, nonfunctional, tuberculous left kidney. The organ, once detached from its lumbar site, was brought in to the pelvic cavity and extracted from the body via a posterior colpotomy. In this way, the integrity of the organ is preserved, hence, this could be the preferable route when dealing with a little kidney tumor in a woman.

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