Laparoscopic Choledochal Cyst Excision and Roux-en-Y Hepaticojejunostomy in Children: A Single-Institution Prospective Cohort Study

Nguyen Thanh Xuan, Ho Huu Thien, Nguyen Huu Son, Pham Anh Vu, Dang Nhu Thanh, Nguyen Du Vinh


AIM: Laparoscopic cyst excision and Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy is gaining popularity as a treatment for choledochal cyst in children. The aim of this study is to determine the feasible and safe of the laparoscopic excision with Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy, and evaluate the short-term outcomes after treatment for children with choledochal cyst.

Methods: A prospectively of 51 consecutive pediatric patients undergoing laparoscopic choledochal cyst excision and Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy performed by one surgeon cysts at Hue Central Hospital from June 2012 to December 2017 was studied.

Results: The mean operative time was 214.7 ± 67.95 minutes (range, 100~360 minutes), including the time for intraoperative cholangiography. There were two children requiring blood transfusion. Time to first flatus was 40.35 ± 28.55 hours in average. The mean time to drain removal was 2.89 ± 1.02 days. Mean postoperative hospital stay was 9.31 ± 3.43 days. 6/51 cases having early complications, including 2 cases of pancreatitis and 4 cases of bile leakage. Most of cases (90.5%) were classified as good after 10 days to 3 months of follow-up.

Conclusion: Laparoscopic choledochal cyst excision and Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy was feasible and safe in children. The short-term outcomes were good in most cases.


Laparoscopic excision; Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy; Choledochal cyst; Children

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