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J Gastric Cancer. 2012 Dec;12(4):249-53. doi: 10.5230/jgc.2012.12.4.249. Epub 2012 Dec 31.

Two Cases of Laparoscopic Adhesiolysis for Chronic Abdominal Pain without Intestinal Obstruction after Total Gastrectomy.

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Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Chronic abdominal pain remains a challenge to all known diagnostic and treatment methods with patients undergoing numerous diagnostic work-ups including surgery. However, the surgical treatment of patients with chronic intractable abdominal pain is controversial. There has been no discussion of the indications for adhesiolysis in cases of obstruction or strangulation of the bowel, and adhesiolysis by laparotomy has never gained acceptance as a treatment modality for chronic abdominal pain. One of the reasons for this lack of acceptance is the high complication rate during and after adhesiolysis. Laparoscopic surgery has been accepted as a technique for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in general surgery. Laparoscopy allows surgeons to see and treat many abdominal changes that could not otherwise be diagnosed. Here we report two cases of successful symptomatic improvement through laparoscopic adhesiolysis for chronic abdominal pain without intestinal obstruction after total gastrectomy.


Abdominal pain; Adhesion; Gastrectomy; Laparoscopy

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