Perioperative Complications of Adrenalectomy – 12 Years of Experience from a Single Center/teaching Hospital and Literature Review


The perioperative complication rate of adrenalectomy varies between 1.7% and 30.7% in the medical literature. We retrospectively analyzed all patients who underwent adrenalectomy in our department from January 2004 to June 2015. Patient’s sex, indication for procedure, tumor laterality, surgical approach and surgeon’s case volume were taken into consideration as possible risk factors for complications. Adrenal glands are surrounded by various anatomic structures (colon, pancreas, spleen, diaphragm) that may be injured during adrenalectomy. Complications following a laparoscopic procedure may arise from the use of monopolar coagulation and the patient’s position on the operating table. High insufflation pressure during retroperitoneoscopic procedures may cause subcutaneous emphysema.

Authors: Michał Aporowicz, Paweł Domosławski, Piotr Czopnik, Krzysztof Sutkowski, Krzysztof Kaliszewski
Keywords: complications, laparoscopy, adrenalectomy, teaching, adrenal gland neoplasms
DOI Number: 10.5114/aoms.2018.77257      Publication Year: 2018

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