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Lymph node recurrence superior to the renal vein is not uncommon and safe dissection of such metastases is technically challenging.1 In this video (video 1) we share our surgical technique for metastatic lymph node dissection at the level of the celiac trunk to make the procedure easier to perform. The key steps of the procedure (online supplemental tables 1 and 2) can be summarized as follows. First, free the caudal end of the metastatic lesion. The caudal end of the metastatic lesion was close to the splenic artery, one branch of the celiac trunk. Second, free the left lateral side of the metastatic lesion. The left lateral side of the metastatic lesion was close to the left gastric artery, another branch of the celiac trunk. Third, free the right lateral side of the metastatic lesion. The right lateral side of the metastatic lesion was firmly attached to the portal vein and the inferior vena cava. Fourth, free the dorsal side of the metastatic lesion. The dorsal side of the metastatic lesion was buried deep in the space between the inferior vena cava and the abdominal aorta. Fifth, free the cranial end of the metastatic lesion. The cranial end of the lesion was close to the common hepatic artery, the left hepatic artery, and the right hepatic artery. Finally, we resected the metastatic lymph nodes safely and the pathologic report confirmed the recurrence of high-grade serous ovarian cancer. The patient has received one cycle of carboplatin/paclitaxel combination therapy and is scheduled to receive carboplatin/paclitaxel/bevacizumab combination therapy for an additional five cycles plus bevacizumab maintenance therapy. In conclusion, transabdominal resection of the metastatic lesion at the level of the celiac trunk was achieved safely in a logical manner. The critical point of the procedure is to expose the key anatomic landmarks in the surrounding area (figure 1).
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This study involved human participants and was approved by the Institutional Review Board of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital of Fudan University (Approval number: 2022-13, approval date: 2022-01-24). Participants gave informed consent to participate in the study before taking part.
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Contributors Conception and design: JL, WJ. Collection and assembly of data: JL, WJ. Data analysis and interpretation: all authors. Manuscript writing: JL, WJ. Final approval of manuscript: all authors.
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