Intestinal ischemia following laparoscopic surgery: a case series

Al-Khyatt, Waleed and Thomas, James D. and Humes, David J. and Lobo, Dileep N. (2013) Intestinal ischemia following laparoscopic surgery: a case series. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 7 (25). 25/1-25/4. ISSN 1752-1947

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Abstract

Introduction: Intestinal ischemia is a rare complication of laparoscopic surgery. Its prognosis depends on a high

index of suspicion and effective early treatment.

Case presentation: In the present report, we describe three cases where intestinal ischemia developed following

laparoscopic surgery. Case 1 concerns a 52-year-old Caucasian man who developed large bowel ischemia following

laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery. Case 2 concerns an 82-year-old Caucasian woman who developed

fatal intestinal ischemia following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Case 3 concerns a 58-year old Caucasian woman

who developed right-sided lower intestinal ischemia following open cholecystectomy.

Conclusions: Intestinal ischemia is a rare complication of laparoscopic surgery. The identification of high-risk

patients is an essential primary preventive measure. A high index of suspicion is required to make an early

diagnosis, which may help improve outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-7-25
Depositing User: de Sousa, Mrs Shona
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2014 10:24
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 16:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2945

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