Apr 30, 2020

Alternative approaches to retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sara A MansfieldAbdelhafeez Abdelhafeez


The aim of this study was to evaluate outcomes based on surgical approach for retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) in patients with paratesticular rhabdomyosarcoma (PT-RMS). Patients undergoing RPLND for PT-RMS over 10 years at a single institution were retrospectively reviewed. Length of stay (LOS), complications, oral morphine equivalents per kilogram (OME/Kg), lymph node yield, and time to chemotherapy were assessed. The surgical approaches compared were: open transabdominal, open extraperitoneal, laparoscopic, and retroperitoneoscopic. For cases with lymphatic mapping, indocyanine green (ICG) was injected into the spermatic cord. Twenty patients were included: five open transabdominal, six open extraperitoneal, three laparoscopic, and six retroperitoneoscopic operations. LOS was shorter in the retroperitoneoscopic group than laparoscopic (p = 0.029) and both open groups (p < 0.001). Mean OME/kg used was lowest in the retroperitoneoscopic (0.13 ± 0.15) group compared to laparoscopic (0.68 ± 0.53, p = 0.043), open transabdominal (14.90 ± 8.87, p = 0.003), and extraperitoneal (10.11 ± 2.44, p < 0.001). Time to chemotherapy was shorter for retroperitoneoscopic patients (0.13 days ± 0.15) compared to open transabdominal...Continue Reading

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Spermatic Cord
Common Iliac Lymph Node
Lymph Node Dissection
Abdominal Approach
Operative Surgical Procedures
Spectroscopy, Near-Infrared
Lymph Nodes
Retroperitoneal Space

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