Rare Occurrence of Small-Bowel Volvulus Following Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Andrea Rossetti, MD, Michel Adamina, PD, Franziska Naef, MD, M. Zadnikar,
Sascha A. Mueller, PD

Klinik fur Chirurgie, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland (all authors).ABSTRACT

Introduction: Laparoscopy has proven to be safe for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in patients with suspected acute appendicitis.Case Description: We report a case of a rare occurrence of small-bowel volvulus after laparoscopic appendectomy.

Discussion: Moreover, laparoscopy has a number of advantages when compared with open surgery, including faster recovery and shorter length of stay. Nevertheless, laparoscopic appendectomy has a dedicated morbidity. A life-threatening case of small-bowel volvulus around a properly applied surgical staple line is reported.

Key Words: Laparoscopic appendectomy, Laparoscopy, Volvulus.

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