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Hum Reprod. 1998 Jul;13(7):1810-2.

Laparoscopic resection of ovarian benign cystic teratomas: experience with 84 cases.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Haemek Medical Center, Afula, Israel.


Laparoscopic treatment of benign cystic teratoma of the ovary has been recommended following the study of relatively small numbers of patients. We reviewed our experience with a prospective ongoing protocol for the treatment of benign ovarian teratomas, between January 1990 and December 1996. Sonography established the diagnosis, and biochemical markers were used to screen for possible malignancy. Surgery consisted of resecting the cyst and conserving the ovary if appropriate. The resected cyst was aspirated of its contents following insertion into an EndoCatch bag. Removal was accomplished via the narrowest incision possible by pulling the bag's margins through the incision and grasping the solid parts with conventional surgical instruments. The diameter of the cysts ranged from 2 to 15 cm. Cystectomy was performed in 47, and oophorectomy in 37, patients. Spillage occurred in 11 cases, but none developed peritonitis or fever. The mean duration of post-operative stay was 0.9 days (range 0.5-2). We conclude that laparoscopic resection of benign teratomas of the ovary is safe, well tolerated, and shortens hospital stay.

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