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Acta Chir Belg. 2009 May-Jun;109(3):396-9.

Robotic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy. A case report.

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Department of General Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Fundeni Clinical Institute, Bucharest, Romania.


Distal pancreatectomy (DP) is the removal of the pancreatic tissue at the left side of the superior mesenteric vein and it is traditionally approached by an open or laparoscopic exposure. Preservation of the spleen is optional but appears to have a better immunological outcome. We present the case of a 53-year old patient with a 2.4/2.2 tumor located in the tail of the pancreas, with high tumour marker values for whom we decided to perform a robotic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy (RSPDP). The postoperative outcome was satisfactory. In conclusion, we recommend this type of approach for small pancreatic tail lesions.

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