Laparoscopic management of a large solitary nonparasitic cyst of the liver in an elderly patient

Hippokratia 2001, 5(4):147-150

G Frangandreas, D Giakoustidis, K Patsiaoura, D Tsantilas, T Gerasimidis


Solitary cysts of the liver are rare lesions especially in elderly patients and they are diagnosed incidentally after abdominal US or CT scan. We present a case of a solitary benign cyst of the liver in an 80-year-old male patient that was treated laparoscopically with partial cystectomy (wide unroofing) using the ultrasound sears. The patient was admitted to our department with mild symptoms, consisting mainly of abdominal discomfort, during the previous year. He was subjected to laparoscopical wide unroofing, he had an uneventful postoperative course and was discharged at the third postoperative day. The aim of the presentation is to emphasize the rarity of this pathological condition in the elderly patients, to analyze the technical feasibility of such management and to evaluate the safety and outcome of the procedure.