Intestinal obstruction from midgut volvulus after laparoscopic cholecystectomy: A report of an unusual complication

L. A. Vricella, W. L. Barrett, I. R. Tannebaum

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Abstract

Congenital midgut malrotation, a rare anatomic anomaly that can lead to duodenal or small bowel obstruction, rarely is recognized beyond the first year of life. We report a case of unrecognized congenital midgut malrotation that resulted in midgut volvulus, causing intestinal obstruction and requiring emergent reoperation after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This unusual complication, first reported in 1994, involved a 56-year-old man and resulted in cecal infarction recognized and treated on the second postoperative day. This second case describes a less acute postoperative course, with multiple bouts of partial bowel obstruction leading to two readmissions and finally resulting in a reexploration and definitive treatment on the 19th postoperative day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1234-1235
Number of pages2
JournalSurgical endoscopy
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complications of laparoscopy surgery
  • Intestinal malrotation
  • Midgut volvulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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