Gastric perforation and death after the insertion of an intragastric balloon.

Abstract

We report a case of a patient who presented with an acute abdomen 2 days after the insertion of an intragastric balloon system and discuss in detail the advantages and drawbacks of these devices in the therapy of morbid obesity. A 43-year-old morbidly obese man was admitted to the department of surgery in shock with a 2-h history of severe diffuse abdominal pain and the initial diagnosis of visceral perforation. The patient had been subjected to intragastric placement of an inflatable balloon 48 h prior to his presentation. Abdominal exploration revealed the presence of a large linear perforation in the fundus of the stomach.

DOI: 10.1007/s11695-008-9706-5

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@article{Koutelidakis2009GastricPA, title={Gastric perforation and death after the insertion of an intragastric balloon.}, author={Ioannis M Koutelidakis and Dimitrios M. Dragoumis and Basilios Th Papaziogas and Aristidis Patsas and Alexandros Katsougianopoulos and Stefanos K Atmatzidis and Konstantinos S. Atmatzidis}, journal={Obesity surgery}, year={2009}, volume={19 3}, pages={393-6} }