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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 360-365

Comparison of laparoscopic and open surgery in hepatic hydatid disease in children: Feasibility, efficacy and safety

1 Department of Paediatric Surgery, SKIMS, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Paediatric Surgery, GMC, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Dr. Gowhar Nazir Mufti
Department of Pediatric Surgery, First Floor, SKIMS Soura, Srinagar - 190 011, Jammu and Kashmir
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DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_220_20

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Background: Surgery continues to be the mainstay of treatment of hydatid cysts of the liver. Laparoscopy provides a lesser invasive tool for achieving results same as with the established open surgical techniques. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the feasibility and safety of laparoscopic management of hepatic hydatid disease in children. Patients and Methods: It was a prospective randomised study conducted over a period of 7 years. Children with Gharbi Type I, II, III cysts, ≤3 cysts and superficial accessible cysts were treated laparoscopically and their outcomes were compared with matched controls treated by open approach. Results: Sixty patients were included in the study with thirty patients in each matched group. Thirty paediatric patients (male 12:female 18) with 35 liver hydatid cysts underwent laparoscopic surgery. The mean cyst size was 8.8 ± 2.39 cm. Two patients needed conversion to open. No significant spillage of cyst contents was observed in any of the patients. Duration of hospital stay, time to removal of drains, duration of parenteral analgesia, severity of pain in postoperative period, time to ambulation and time to return to full orals were significantly lower in laparoscopic group compared to open group. Complication rates in both the groups were similar. Conclusion: With proper patient selection, laparoscopic management of hydatid cysts of the liver in children is feasible and safe option with low morbidity, low rates of conversion and minimal complications.


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