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World J Surg Oncol. 2012 Aug 30;10:177. doi: 10.1186/1477-7819-10-177.

Laparoscopic injury of the obturator nerve during fertility-sparing procedure for cervical cancer.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sapienza University of Rome, Sant'Andrea Hospital, via di Grottarossa, 1035-1039, Rome 00189, Italy. enzo.ricciardi@uniroma1.it

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Intraoperative injury of the obturator nerve has rarely been reported in patients with gynecological malignancies undergoing extensive radical surgeries. Irreversible damage of this nerve causes thigh paresthesia and claudication. Intraoperative repair may be done by end-to-end anastomosis or grafting when achieving tension-free anastomosis is not possible.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 28-year-old woman with stage IB cervical cancer underwent fertility-sparing surgery, including conization and bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy. The left obturator nerve was damaged intraoperatively during pelvic dissection.

CONCLUSION:

Immediate laparoscopic repair was successful and there was no functional deficit in the left thigh for six months postoperatively.

PMID:
22931409
PMCID:
PMC3499187
DOI:
10.1186/1477-7819-10-177
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