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Acute upper gastrointestinal bleed in the puerperium following weight reduction surgery
  1. Julia Rhian Parton and
  2. Joanne Ritchie
  1. Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Julia Rhian Parton; julia.parton{at}


Bariatric surgery is often a definitive treatment for obesity and is increasingly being performed on women of childbearing age. While bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of obesity in pregnancy, there are new complications which can develop following these procedures. Our case describes a 31-year-old women who presented in the puerperium with a life-threatening upper gastrointestinal bleed secondary to marginal ulceration following a Roux-en-Y procedure. This case report discusses a rare case of acute upper gastrointestinal bleed in the postnatal period and highlights the risk factors and complications which may present in the obstetrical patient following bariatric surgery. With the increasing use of weight loss surgery in obese women and the associated improvement in fertility following, we must remain aware of the risks and these women should be identified at booking so that their antenatal and postnatal care can be tailored accordingly.

  • ulcer
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors JP: provided clinical care to patient, planned article, acquired data and information and wrote case report. JR: provided clinical care to patient, assisted with reviewing of case report once written, provided support and guidance with writing, proofreading of drafts versions and assisted with amendments.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.