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J Minim Access Surg. 2009 Jan;5(1):17-9.

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Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS and Division of Digestive Surgery, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, HCPA.


We report a case of minimally invasive surgery in the management of metastasis to the spleen. A 67-year-old male patient with possible splenic soft tissue melanoma metastasis was referred to our hospital. He had a history of an excised soft tissue melanoma from his back eight months earlier, and the control abdominal computer tomography (CT) scan revealed a hypodense spleen lesion. The patient underwent laparoscopic surgery to diagnose and treat the splenic lesion. The splenectomy was performed and the histological examination revealed a melanoma. The patient had a good postoperative course and was discharged on the second postoperative day. On his 12-month follow-up there was no sign of recurrence. The laparoscopic approach is a safe and effective alternative for treatment of splenic metastases.


Melanoma; metastasis; spleen

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