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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 1351282, 4 pages
Case Report

Laparoscopic Extirpation of a Schwannoma in the Lateral Pelvic Space

Digestive Disease Center, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital, 35-1 Chigasaki-chuou, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama 224-8503, Japan

Received 19 June 2016; Accepted 23 October 2016

Academic Editor: Elisabetta Costantini

Copyright © 2016 Eiji Hidaka 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.


Schwannomas in the lateral pelvic space are very rare. Here, we report the case of a 48-year-old woman who had a tumor detected in her abdomen by abdominal ultrasonography. Abdominal computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a well-defined solid tumor of 65 mm in diameter in the right lateral pelvic space. We performed laparoscopic surgery under a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal tumor or neurogenic tumor. The tumor was safely dissected and freed from the surrounding tissues using sharp and blunt maneuvers. The tumor originated from the right sciatic nerve. Complete laparoscopic extirpation was performed with preservation of the right sciatic nerve. Pathological examination suggested schwannoma. The patient recovered well but had remaining sciatic nerve palsy in her right foot. Laparoscopic extirpation for a schwannoma in the lateral pelvic space was safe and feasible due to the magnified surgical field afforded by laparoscopy.