Small bowel obstruction secondary to adipose tissue herniation through gastric band tubing loop.

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Gennaro Quarto
Nunzio Velotti
Marco Milone
Michele Manigrasso
Antonio Vitiello
Pietro Venetucci
Carmine Iacovazzo
Giacomo Benassai
Giuseppe Servillo
Giovanni Domenico De Palma
Mario Musella


BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band complications like oesophageal dilatation, intractable nausea and vomiting, band migration, late slippages, and port problems with a cumulative rate of 19.2%. Rarely, LAGB complications may be related to the connection tube system and in this case the clinical presentation and the effects of the problem can generate difficulties in diagnosis.

METHODS: A 47 years old woman who had a LAGB placed 2 years before the symptoms was admitted in our centre with nausea, vomit, leukocytosis and distended abdomen with a generalized tenderness. Computed tomography images showed an anomalous course of banding tube and a contemporary compression of a small bowel tract secondary to the
traction exerted by an adipose tissue band attracted by the tube.

Results: A laparoscopic exploration of the abdominal cavity showed a tight loop of LAGB tubing causing a small bowel obstruction with an ischemic damage, so surgeons provided to LAGB removal and a 50 cm ileum resection

CONCLUSIONS: Small bowel obstruction resulting from LAGB tubing is an uncommon complication which was reported in few cases. Although bariatric surgery currently represents the best treatment option for morbid obesity and its related-diseases, peri- and post-operative complications have always to be taken into accoun

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Gennaro Quarto, et al. “Small Bowel Obstruction Secondary to Adipose Tissue Herniation through Gastric Band Tubing Loop”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 9, no. October, Sept. 2020, pp. 1-4,
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