Pediatric Laparoscopic Splenectomy

This video presents a live Pediatric Laparoscopic Splenectomy for the treatment of idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) performed at Kansas City Mercy Children's Hospital.

The patient was a 13-year-old with idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP). Initially, the thrombocytopenia was responsive to Win-Rho therapy, but he had not had a sustained increase in the platelet count for the past year, despite monthly Win-Rho treatments. The reduced platelet count had significantly affected his routine activities.

Tulman, Holcomb, et al., described the first report of pediatric laparoscopic splenectomy in 1993 (J Pediatr Surg 28:689-692, 1993). Over the past 10 years, the laparoscopic approach for splenectomy has become the preferred technique in most pediatric centers.

Dr. Shawn St. Peter, Chief Surgical Resident at the Children’s Mercy Hospital, performed the operation with Dr. George W. Holcomb, III, Surgeon-In-Chief at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program.

KARL STORZ Endoscopy is making this recorded webcast available as part of their ongoing efforts to provide education and training in pediatric minimally invasive surgery.


July 7, 2014

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Karl Storz