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Urol Ann. 2012 May;4(2):111-4. doi: 10.4103/0974-7796.95564.

Management of pelvic lymphoceles following robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, USA.

Abstract

Pelvic lymphocele is a potential complication of radical prostatectomy. Although lymphoceles often regress spontaneously, many may progress, precipitate clinical symptoms, and ultimately require intervention. To date, the best treatment of pelvic lymphoceles has not yet been fully defined. However, laparoscopic marsupialization is a definitive and efficacious surgical alternative to percutaneous drainage. It is effective, results in minimal patient morbidity, and allows for rapid recovery. We report our experience with management of clinically symptomatic pelvic lymphoceles following robotic-assisted prostatectomy using laparoscopic marsupialization.

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Da Vinci; lymphadenectomy; lymphocele; prostate cancer; robotic

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