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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 435802, 5 pages
Case Report

Laparoscopic Splenectomy for Splenic Hamartoma: A Case Report

Department of General Surgery, San Paolo Hospital, University of Milan, Via Cesariano 10, 20154 Milano, Italy

Received 16 July 2012; Accepted 30 September 2012

Academic Editors: E. Altintas, D. C. Damin, and S. Kikuchi

Copyright © 2012 Andrea Pisani Ceretti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hamartoma is a rare splenic benign tumor usually accidentally detected as a radiologic finding. Preoperative diagnosis poses a challenge and thus surgery becomes necessary to confirm the clinical suspicion. Laparoscopic splenectomy has gained consensus as a standard surgical procedure particularly for autoimmune hematological diseases. This former experience has allowed this technique to be extended to other splenic pathologies. Here we report a case of total laparoscopic splenectomy for a bulky splenic hamartoma in a young male patient.