Pneumatosis intestinalis and laparoscopic exploration: Beware of gas explosion

Kwang Dae Hong, Sun Il Lee, Hong Young Moon

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    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
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Surgery


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