Single-session laparoscopic cystectomy and nephroureterectomy: is it real and useful choice of treatment or fiction?

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J Surg Case Rep. 2021 Sep 9;2021(9):rjab409. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjab409. eCollection 2021 Sep.


Patients with recurrent high grade and/or muscle-invasive bladder cancer and concomitant upper urinary tract disease, e.g. urothelial tumors or afunctional hydronephrotic kidneys, may be candidates for simultaneous laparoscopic cystectomy and nephroureterectomy. So, such patients, especially when affected by multiple comorbidities, can benefit from the avoidance of extended laparotomy. We report our experience with simultaneous laparoscopic radical cystectomy and right nephroureterectomy in a 67-year-old-male patient affected by recurrent polyfocal high grade bladder cancer and an associated right upper tract carcinoma. This laparoscopic approach was technically successful without the need for conversion to open surgery. More than a year after the surgery, the patient is still alive, showing no tumor relapse of at the established instrumental controls. This laparoscopic approach, performed in a single session, can be safe and feasible in selected cases as an alternative approach to the open surgery, offering good oncological and functional results.

PMID:34512951 | PMC:PMC8428153 | DOI:10.1093/jscr/rjab409