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G Chir. 2007 Oct;28(10):363-6.

Endoscopic treatment of bilateral pheochromocytoma in MEN 2A syndrome: case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Surgical Sciences, Medical School, Parma University, Parma.


The benefits of laparoscopic adrenalectomy for single adrenal lesion have been well documented in literature; less experience though has been reported with simultaneous bilateral laparoscopic adrenalectomy. This operation is indicated in case of primary hypercortisolism caused by bilateral adrenocortical hyperfunction, Cushing's disease after failure of pituitary surgery, ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) production by a tumour inaccessible for surgical intervention, and pheochromocytoma when it occurs bilaterally in case of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A and 2B. Different laparoscopic approaches have been described to perform this operation, such as the "anterior" approach (transperitoneal), the "lateral" approach (transperitoneal and retroperitoneal), and the "posterior" approach (retroperitoneal). We report a case of bilateral laparoscopic adrenalectomy in a 33 years old female affected with bilateral pheochromocytoma due to multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A treated with a bilateral transperitoneal laparoscopic adrenalectomy and disease free after 18 months follow-up.

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