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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 937191, 5 pages
Case Report

Laparoscopic Excision of Large Intra-Abdominal Cysts in Children: Needle Hitch Technique

1Department of Paediatric Surgery, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, Ireland
2Department of General Surgery, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton 3204, New Zealand

Received 14 September 2015; Accepted 8 December 2015

Academic Editor: Robert A. Kozol

Copyright © 2015 Brice Antao 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.


Laparoscopic surgery has both diagnostic and therapeutic advantages in the management of intra-abdominal cysts in children. Large cysts in small children pose technical challenges during laparoscopic surgery, requiring multiple incisions and advanced laparoscopic skills. This paper describes a novel laparoscopic technique using minimal manipulation for both aspiration and excision of the cyst. This simple, safe, and effective approach was used to achieve traction and facilitate excision of a large intra-abdominal cyst in a neonate and a young child.