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J Gastroenterol. 1999 Feb;34(1):119-22.

Laparoscopic drainage of an intramural duodenal hematoma.

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Department of Traumatology and Critical Care Medicine, Kyorin University, Tokyo, Japan.


A 21-year-old man was admitted with vomiting and abdominal pain 3 days after sustaining blunt abdominal trauma by being tackled in a game of American football. A diagnosis of intramural hematoma of the duodenum was made using computed tomography and upper gastrointestinal tract contrast radiography. The hematoma caused obstructive jaundice by compressing the common bile duct. The contents of the hematoma were laparoscopically drained. A small perforation was then found in the duodenal wall. The patient underwent laparotomy and repair of the injury. Laparoscopic surgery can be used as definitive therapy in this type of abdominal trauma.

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