BMJ Case Reports 2009; doi:10.1136/bcr.08.2008.0705
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

Fatal small bowel ischaemia following laparoscopic cholecystectomy: report of a case

  1. Charalingappa Belagavi Amulya1,
  2. Vijayaraghavan Rajagopalan2,
  3. Avinash Melkote Jyothiprakash3,
  4. Rangashamaiah Chandrashekar3,
  5. Charalingappa Shanmukhappa Belagavi4
  1. 1
    SSMC Medical College Hospital, Internal Medicine, SSMC, Tumkur, Karnataka, 572107, India
  2. 2
    RMV Hospital, Department of General and Laparoscopic Surgery, 128, AECS Layout, Sanjaynagar, Bangalore, 560094, India
  3. 3
    RMV Hospital, Department of General and Laparoscopic surgery, 138, AECS Layout, Sanjaynagar, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560094, India
  4. 4
    SSMC Medical College Hospital, Department of Pathology, SSMC, Tumkur, Karnataka, Bangalore, 560094, India
  1. R Vijayaraghavan, wetware{at}
  • Published 17 March 2009


Veress needle, trocar insertion, pneumoperitoneum-related complications, biliary injuries apart from haemorrhage, intestinal injuries and lateral thermal injuries are all well described entities following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The development of intestinal ischaemia following laparoscopic cholecystectomy is rare; this report describes a case of fatal small bowel ischaemia following laparoscopic cholecystectomy and discusses the various possibilities that led to this event.


  • Competing interests: none.

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