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[In Press] Laparoscopic Colectomy for a Patient with Situs Inversus Totalis: The Usefulness of Preoperative Assessment
Unusual setting of medical care, Rare diseaseJunichi Sakamoto1ABCDEFG, Heita Ozawa1E, Hiroki Nakanishi1BCD, Naoyuki Toyota1BCD, Shin Fujita1FG
Am J Case Rep In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.935538
Available online: 2022-06-16, In Press, Corrected Proof
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Situs inversus totalis (SIT) is a rare congenital anomaly in which the patient’s internal organs are positioned in a mirror image of their normal locations. Laparoscopic surgery for a patient with SIT requires modification of the standard procedure. Several studies have recently reported surgical techniques for laparoscopic colectomy in patients with SIT. Herein, we present the case of a patient with congenital SIT who underwent laparoscopic colectomy for transverse colon cancer with intracorporeal anastomosis and discuss the usefulness of preoperative assessment.
A 63-year-old woman with SIT was referred to our department for surgical intervention following endoscopic submucosal dissection of transverse colon cancer. We performed a successful laparoscopic colectomy with intracorporeal anastomosis. Our team had no prior experience performing laparoscopic surgery on a patient with SIT; however, preoperative image training using a horizontally flipped video of a normal laparoscopic colectomy enabled the operation to be performed safely. Preoperative image training is very useful for gaining an understanding of images similar to the actual field of view before surgery. The patient was discharged without complications on the eighth postoperative day.
Careful preoperative assessment that takes into consideration the mirror-image anatomy and the contemplated laparoscopic procedure should allow patients with SIT to fully benefit from minimally invasive surgery.
Keywords: Colectomy; Colonic Neoplasms
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