Portal vein thrombosis after laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy for diverticulitis: Report of a case

Jorge Baixauli, Conor P. Delaney, Anthony J. Senagore, Feza H. Remzi, Victor W. Fazio

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    Abstract

    Portal vein thrombosis is a very uncommon complication after laparoscopic surgery. Although only one case of portal vein thrombosis has been reported after laparoscopic colectomy, there are several reports of mesenteric vascular occlusion after other laparoscopic procedures. We present a case of portal vein thrombosis in a patient with no other demonstrable hypercoagulable states or risk factors, who underwent an uneventful laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy. Because alteration in coagulation may occur after establishing a pneumoperitoneum, we suggest that heparin prophylaxis may be advisable to avoid these kinds of complications, especially if a past history of coagulable disorders is present.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)550-553
    Number of pages4
    JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
    Volume46
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

    Keywords

    • Diverticulitis
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Portal vein thrombosis
    • Sigmoid colectomy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gastroenterology

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