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Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas

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DEOGRACIAS, M. L. et al. Absence of port-site metastases following staging laparoscopy for gastric carcinoma. Rev. esp. enferm. dig. [online]. 2006, vol.98, n.10, pp.755-759. ISSN 1130-0108.

Background: port-site metastases (PSM) have been reported following oncological laparoscopic surgery. However, their frequency after laparoscopic examination in gastric cancer has not been well established.  Material and methods: prospective follow-up of 41 patients having had a staging laparoscopy and a follow-up longer than 12 months. Mean age was 65 years (29-89). After staging, an open gastrectomy was performed in 33 cases. Mean follow-up was 21.4 (12-66) months. PSM was defined as a node in the former port-site wound with adenocarcinoma histology at biopsy.  Results: no patient showed clinical signs of PSM or port-site recurrence, even in advanced stages. We had no morbidity or postoperative mortality attributable to laparoscopic manoeuvres, and no need for laparotomy in cases without a gastrectomy indication.  Conclusions: our results suggest that staging laparoscopy is a safe procedure in gastric carcinoma, as it is not associated with PSM after even considerable follow-up, and has a very low complication rate.

Keywords : Staging laparoscopy; Gastric cancer; Port-site metastasis.

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