Recently, we experienced a case of port-site and liver metastases after 75 cases of laparoscopic transperitoneal pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) and para-aortic lymph node dissection (PALND) for surgical staging of locally advanced cervical cancer. A 45-year-old-woman with stage IIB cervical adenocarcinoma underwent laparoscopic PLND and PALND for surgical staging. There was no intraperitoneal disease and cervical tumor was not manipulated at the time of laparoscopic surgery. Pathologic examination revealed only one micrometastasis in left internal iliac lymph node (LN), measuring 1 mm, of the 60 pelvic and para-aortic LNs removed. She received concurrent chemoradiation therapy and pelvic mass disappeared completely. One month after the completion of therapy, both lateral and umbilical port-site and liver metastases were detected. We conclude that although cases of port-site metastasis have mostly occurred after extensive disease, the possibility of such complication should be kept in mind at laparoscopy of early cancer and laparoscopy which does not manipulate primary tumor.
- cervical cancer
- laparoscopic surgery
- port-site metastasis
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