Role for laparoscopic adrenalectomy in patients with Cushing's syndrome

William F. Young, Geoffrey B. Thompson

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Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is one of the most clinically important advances in the past 2 decades for the treatment of adrenal disorders. When compared to open adrenalectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy is equally safe, effective, and curative; it is more successful in shortening hospitalization and convalescence and has less long-term morbidity. The laparoscopic approach to the adrenal is the procedure of choice for the surgical management of cortisol-producing adenomas and for patients with corticotropin (ACTH) dependent Cushing's syndrome for whom surgery failed to remove the source of ACTH. The keys to successful laparoscopic adrenalectomy are appropriate patient selection, knowledge of anatomy, delicate tissue handling, meticulous hemostasis, and experience with the technique of laparoscopic adrenalectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1354
Number of pages6
JournalArquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia e Metabologia
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Adrenalectomy
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Laparoscopic surgeries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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