Translated title of the contribution: Bilateral laparoscopic adrenalectomy in Cushing's disease. Experience in 24 patients

Y. Chapuis, B. Inabnet, B. Abboud, S. Chastanet, J. Pitre, B. Dousset, J. P. Luton

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The purpose of this study waste compare the results of bilateral laparoscopic adrenalectomy (BLA) to bilateral open adrenalectomy (BOA) in the treatment of Cushing's disease. Twenty-four patients (23 Cushing's disease, 1 congenital adrenal hyperplasia) were divided into 3 groups. Group 1 patients (n = 15) underwent BCA using the lateral transabdominal approach, Group while 2 patients (n = 9) underwent laparoscopic adrenalectomy on one side and conventional open adrenalectomy on the contralateral side. Groups 1 and 2 were compared retrospectively to 15 patients (Group 3) who underwent BOA as part of larger series of 61 patients. There was no difference in the degree of hypercortisolism in the 3 groups. At the beginning of the experience, the duration of surgery was longer in Groups 1 and 2 compared to the open surgery group, but this difference subsequently decreased during the study. There was no difference in intraoperative blood loss or transfusion rate. Group 1 patients experienced fewer wound and intraabdominal complications and less postoperative pain, shorter hospitalization, and quicker recovery than groups 2 and 3 patients. Technically obesity and tissue fragility are easily overcome by the laparoscopic approach. BCA also achieves success rate of hypercortisolism correction. In conclusion, BLA is the surgical procedure of choice for the treatment of Cushing's disease when surgical therapy is indicated.

Translated title of the contributionBilateral laparoscopic adrenalectomy in Cushing's disease. Experience in 24 patients
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)350-356
Number of pages7
JournalAnnales de Chirurgie
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Adrenal tumors
  • Cushing's disease
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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