Pulmonary embolism following laparoscopic surgery: A report of two cases

Norifumi Tsutsumi, Morimasa Tomikawa, Kozo Konishi, Norikazu Gotoh, Rinshun Shimabukuro, Keishi Okita, Tomohiko Akahoshi, Makoto Hashizume, Keizo Sugimachi

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Abstract

Laparoscopic abdominal surgery is considered a low-risk procedure for postoperative complications because of reduced surgical stress and earlier mobilization. We report two patients who experienced pulmonary embolism following laparoscopic surgery; one patient underwent umbilical hernia repair and the other cholecystectomy. Although pulmonary embolism is indeed rare after laparoscopic surgery, early detection and early treatment are determinative factors for a good prognosis. Therefore, medical caregivers must remember that pulmonary embolism can be a critical complication after laparoscopic surgery and preventive measures should be employed for high-risk subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-720
Number of pages2
JournalHepato-gastroenterology
Volume49
Issue number45
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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Tsutsumi, N., Tomikawa, M., Konishi, K., Gotoh, N., Shimabukuro, R., Okita, K., ... Sugimachi, K. (2002). Pulmonary embolism following laparoscopic surgery: A report of two cases. Hepato-gastroenterology, 49(45), 719-720.