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October - December 2020, Volume 16, Issue 4
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Enciu O, Toma EA, Badiu C, Miron A

A Close Encounter – Left Pneumonia and Pancreatic Tail Fistula after Laparoscopic Left Adrenalectomy

Acta Endo (Buc) 2020, 16 (4): 526-529
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2020.526

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is currently considered the gold standard for adrenal tumors up to 6 cm, and although with far less morbidity than the open alternative, when it comes to its complications we should not look away. The case concerns a 51-year old obese male that underwent left laparoscopic adrenalectomy for incidentaloma and developed pancreatic tail fistula. Without an evident pancreatic lesion during surgery and an uneventful early postoperative course the patient was discharged only to return 4 days later with respiratory symptoms and mild abdominal discomfort in the left upper quadrant. The CT scan diagnosed a left subphrenic fluid collection and left basal pneumonia, thus the patient underwent laparoscopic reintervention for drainage of the pancreatic fluid collection and received conventional antibiotherapy for pneumonia. The patient was discharged in good condition with the drainage tube in situ. The drainage tube was extracted 14 days later.

Keywords: laparoscopic adrenalectomy, pancreatic fistula, complications of laparoscopic adrenal surgery.

Correspondence: Elena Adelina Toma MD, Elias University Emergency Hospital, Surgery, Marasti Bld. no. 17, Bucharest, 011461, Romania, E-mail: