Background: Slipping rib syndrome (SRS) is an often unrecognized cause of lower chest and upper abdominal pain in children and adolescents. Surgical resection of the cartilaginous portions of the slipping rib often provides permanent pain relief, with the standard surgical approach being an open resection. A minimally invasive approach has not been reported previously; we report a novel laparoscopic technique for the treatment of SRS with satisfactory results. Materials and Methods: A retrospective review of all consecutive pediatric patients who underwent laparoscopic cartilage resection during the year 2019 and open cartilage resection during the year 2018 was included. Following data were recorded: age of patients, length of symptoms, length of procedure, length of cartilage resection, length of stay, resolution of pain, cosmetic acceptability, and postoperative complications. Results: Four patients underwent laparoscopic slipping rib resection without complication during the year 2019. The mean age of symptom onset was 15 (range 14-16) years old, mean length of symptoms was 1.4 (0.5-2.0) years, and mean age at operation was 16.5 (16-18) years old. The average length of the procedure was 72.8 (55-102) minutes, and mean length of cartilage removed was 2.3 (1.9-3.0) cm. Three patients underwent standard open operation during the year 2018. All patients reported complete resolution of their chronic pain at their 6-month follow-up visit. Conclusions: Laparoscopic technique can be used to treat SRS. All patients reported high satisfaction from resolution of chronic pain and the cosmetic appearance of their surgical scars.
|Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
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|Gepubliceerd - nov. 2020