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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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 21, 2013
Journal Journal of Medical Case Reports
Electronic ISSN 1752-1947
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 25
Article Number 25
Institution 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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-7-25
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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