Ex vivo liver surgery for extraadrenal pheochromocytoma

Pediatr Surg Int. 2006 Mar;22(3):282-5. doi: 10.1007/s00383-005-1413-x. Epub 2005 Nov 22.


A case of a 15-year-old girl with a malignant extraadrenal pheochromocytoma situated between the inferior vena cava and the portal triad is described. Using ex vivo technique, the tumour was successfully resected on the bench, as a previous attempt to remove the tumour in situ had been abandoned. The surgical aspects and implications of ex vivo surgery are discussed, highlighting the increased operative risk, perioperative mortality, and poor long-term results in patients with malignant tumours.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adrenal Gland Neoplasms / pathology
  • Adrenal Gland Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Hepatectomy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Pheochromocytoma / pathology
  • Pheochromocytoma / surgery*
  • Retroperitoneal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Retroperitoneal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Vena Cava, Inferior / surgery