Congenital choledochal cyst: video-guided laparoscopic treatment

Surg Laparosc Endosc. 1995 Oct;5(5):354-8.


We report our first experience with a laparoscopic treatment of congenital choledochal cysts involving the total cyst resection and the reconstruction of the biliary and gastrointestinal tracts through a transmesocolic hepatic-jejunal Roux-en-Y loop anastomosis. The procedure was carried out in a 14-kg 6-year-old girl with a congenital choledochal cyst of the first type, according to the Alonso-Lej classification. The cyst was divided using a Multifire EndoGIA 30 stapler. Hepatic-jejunal and jejunojejunal anastomoses were made with 4.0 chrome catgut interrupted sutures. Intestinal recanalization occurred on the 2nd postoperative day and the postoperative course was uneventful. The laparoscopic approach affords several advantages: excellent intraoperative visualization of tiny structures and, therefore, great surgical accuracy; early resumption of peristalsis; no postoperative pain; no laparocele; prevention of adhesions; excellent esthetics; and quicker resumption of school and sports activities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Roux-en-Y / instrumentation
  • Anastomosis, Surgical / instrumentation
  • Child
  • Choledochal Cyst / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Jejunum / surgery
  • Laparoscopes*
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Surgical Staplers
  • Suture Techniques / instrumentation
  • Video Recording / instrumentation*