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Intestinal ischemia following laparoscopic surgery: a case series

Al-Khyatt, Waleed; Thomas, James D.; Humes, David J.; Lobo, Dileep N.

Authors

Waleed Al-Khyatt

James D. Thomas

David J. Humes

Dileep N. Lobo



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.

Citation

Al-Khyatt, W., Thomas, J. D., Humes, D. J., & Lobo, D. N. (2013). Intestinal ischemia following laparoscopic surgery: a case series. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 7(25), doi:10.1186/1752-1947-7-25

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 21, 2013
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2014
Journal Journal of Medical Case Reports
Electronic ISSN 1752-1947
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 25
Article Number 25
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-7-25
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2945
Publisher URL http://www.jmedicalcasereports.com/content/7/1/25/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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