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Small bowel perforation–an unusual complication of microdiscectomy: a case report

A 45-year-old woman underwent microdiscectomy for sciatalgia due to prolapsed intravertebral disc between the fifth lumbar and first sacral vertebrae. Post-operatively, she developed abdominal pain and tenderness. Abdominal computerised tomography scan showed evidence of small bowel perforation. She underwent laparotomy and repair of an iatrogenic small bowel injury of the proximal ileum. Small bowel perforation is a rare complication of microdiscectomy and should be considered if abdominal symptoms develop post-operatively

Keywords : Abdominal Pain,adverse effects,Diskectomy,etiology,Female,Humans,injuries,Intestinal Perforation,Middle Aged,Pain,Sciatica,surgery,, Bowel,Perforationan,Unusual,Complication, pressure point for shoulder pain

Date of Publication : 2011 Jan

Authors : Shakir AJ;Paterson HM;

Organisation : Department of Colorectal Surgery, Worthing Hospital, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2DH. jabir602001@yahoo.co.uk

Journal of Publication : Acta Chir Belg

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21520786

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