Introduction: Cholecysto-choledocolithiasis is a rare entity in children and its management is still challenging and controversial. The laparoendoscopic rendezvous (LERV) procedure, consisting of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and simultaneous endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for the management of symptomatic choledocholithiasis is well described in adult patients. However, in the literature, few reports about its application in the pediatric population have been recorded. Aim of the Study: The aim of the present study is to report our first successful cases of symptomatic cholecysto-choledocholithiasis LERV treatment. Methods: Two girls suffering of hemolytic disease presented to our third referral center with acute abdominal pain due to cholecysto-choledocholithiasis. Preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative data were retrospectively reviewed. Results: Surgery was performed without complications. The girls were dismissed once re-alimentation and re-canalization were achieved and had no other episodes of biliary cholic. Reported advantages of LERV include: a shorter in-hospital stay, a reduction in the number of procedures and anesthesia, and a reduced overall risk of complications. Conclusions: The promising result with our 2 cases suggest that, when performed in highly specialized centers, LERV is a safe procedure, which leads to considerable benefits, despite logistic and organizational difficulties.

"Rendezvous" Procedure in Children with Cholecysto-Choledocholithiasis

Rancan, Alessandra;Andreetta, Marina;Gaio, Paola;Cananzi, Mara;La Pergola, Enrico;Fascetti Leon, Francesco;Gamba, Piergiorgio
2019

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Introduction: Cholecysto-choledocolithiasis is a rare entity in children and its management is still challenging and controversial. The laparoendoscopic rendezvous (LERV) procedure, consisting of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and simultaneous endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for the management of symptomatic choledocholithiasis is well described in adult patients. However, in the literature, few reports about its application in the pediatric population have been recorded. Aim of the Study: The aim of the present study is to report our first successful cases of symptomatic cholecysto-choledocholithiasis LERV treatment. Methods: Two girls suffering of hemolytic disease presented to our third referral center with acute abdominal pain due to cholecysto-choledocholithiasis. Preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative data were retrospectively reviewed. Results: Surgery was performed without complications. The girls were dismissed once re-alimentation and re-canalization were achieved and had no other episodes of biliary cholic. Reported advantages of LERV include: a shorter in-hospital stay, a reduction in the number of procedures and anesthesia, and a reduced overall risk of complications. Conclusions: The promising result with our 2 cases suggest that, when performed in highly specialized centers, LERV is a safe procedure, which leads to considerable benefits, despite logistic and organizational difficulties.
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