Laparoscopic approach to the management of intraabdominal unicentric Castleman's disease

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Abstract

Castleman's disease, or angiofollicular lymphoid hyperplasia, is a rare lymphoproliferative disorder of unknown etiology. We present the case of an 18-year-old woman who was admitted with symptoms of fatigue, weakness, early satiety, and weight gain. A subhepatic mass anterior to the pancreas was discovered on ultrasound. After being treated via the laproscopic approach with complete surgical resection she recovered well. This case thus represents a new application for laparoscopy and expands the indications for its use.

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