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Minim Invasive Ther Allied Technol. 2012 Sep;21(5):369-71. doi: 10.3109/13645706.2011.638643. Epub 2011 Dec 7.

Intestinal obstruction following use of laparoscopic barbed suture: a new complication with new material?

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Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva , Switzerland. Nicolas.c.buchs@hcuge.ch

Abstract

Small bowel obstruction is a common pathology. Among the various etiologies, foreign material has been incriminated as a possible but uncommon cause. Recently, barbed suture has been successfully introduced in various surgical fields and has been reported as safe as standard suture. We report herein a case of intestinal obstruction due to the laparoscopic use of barbed suture during a promontofixation. Barbed suture has the risk of entrapping the small bowel. The surgeon should keep in mind this hypothetical problem and a high index of suspicion is needed to diagnose and treat quickly this potentially severe complication.

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22145693
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10.3109/13645706.2011.638643
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