Fatal Pulmonary Embolism after Bariatric Operations for Morbid Obesity: A 24-Year Retrospective Analysis

@article{Sapala2003FatalPE,
  title={Fatal Pulmonary Embolism after Bariatric Operations for Morbid Obesity: A 24-Year Retrospective Analysis},
  author={James A. Sapala and Michael H. Wood and Michael P Schuhknecht and Magdalena Sapała},
  journal={Obesity Surgery},
  year={2003},
  volume={13},
  pages={819-825}
}
Background: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a leading cause of death following gastric bypass operations for morbid obesity. Although its incidence appears to be stable, the number of bariatric operations performed annually is increasing considerably; hence, the isolated fatal PE is no longer a rare occurrence. The records of patients undergoing bariatric surgical operations since 1979 were reviewed to determine specific factors that increased the risk of developing a fatal PE. Both recommended and… 

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