Pneumatosis intestinalis and laparoscopic exploration

Beware of gas explosion

Kwang Dae Hong, Sun Il Lee, Hong Young Moon

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Abstract

Colonic gas explosion, although rare, is sometimes a fatal iatrogenic complication in endoscopic procedures or laparotomic surgery, but it has not been reported during port incision of laparoscopy. We report a case of gas detonation in a patient with pneumatosis intestinalis and pneumoperitoneum, on opening the peritoneum with a diathermy for umbilical trocar insertion. Based on our experience, in cases of pneumoperitoneum, surgeons need to avoid using a diathermy in opening the peritoneum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-275
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 1

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Diathermy
Pneumoperitoneum
Explosions
Peritoneum
Gases
Umbilicus
Surgical Instruments
Laparoscopy
Surgeons

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Pneumatosis intestinalis and laparoscopic exploration : Beware of gas explosion. / Hong, Kwang Dae; Lee, Sun Il; Moon, Hong Young.

In: Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Vol. 22, No. 3, 01.04.2012, p. 273-275.

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