Laparoscopic Nephron-Sparing Surgery in a Jehovah's Witness Patient

Paulos Yohannes, Malini Rao, Sathyaprasad Burjonrappa, Ranjan Sudan

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An obese 76-year-old woman with type II diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and gastroesophageal reflux was found to have a 6-cm lower-pole mass in a solitary functional right kidney. Because her religious beliefs prohibited blood transfusion, minimally invasive surgery-a laparoscopic partial nephrectomy-was performed, with a good result. Minimally invasive surgery, perhaps with administration of erythropoietin, iron-dextran, or both, is often a good option for severely anemic patients or those whose religious beliefs are opposed to transfusion. Methods of minimizing blood loss intraoperatively are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endourology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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