Hand-assisted Laparoscopic Splenectomy During Pregnancy for Hereditary Spherocytosis

Eric Wu, MS, Emad Kandil, MD


Laparoscopic surgery has advanced significantly in recent years and has improved outcomes in abdominal surgeries including splenectomy. However, anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy can complicate splenectomy and pose unique risks to a laparoscopic approach. We present a case of hand-assisted laparoscopic splenectomy in a pregnant patient with hemolysis and splenomegaly secondary to hereditary spherocytosis.

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