Hemothorax After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

René Scheer, MD, Pascal Steenvoorde, MD, PhD

Department of Surgery, Medisch Spectrum Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands (all authors).


A patient who underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy presented 6 days postoperatively with chest pain on the right side. Further examination showed a hemothorax. This is a very rare complication of laparoscopic abdominal surgery. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is efficient and safe in the treatment of this complication.

Key Words: Laparascopy, Cholecystectomy, Hemothorax, Complication, Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

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