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Gastroscopy as a rare cause of ‘Slipped gastric band’, in a patient with previous laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery
  1. William Wilson and
  2. Benjamin Zare
  1. Gastroenterology, Epsom and Saint Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Carshalton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr William Wilson; william.wilson24{at}


A patient with a surgical history including an historic laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) procedure presented to the emergency department with a history of haematemesis, intractable vomiting and abdominal pain 3 days following an outpatient oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (OGD) for chronic anaemia. A day after presentation to the emergency department, following admission, the patient underwent a repeat OGD. In contrast to her previous procedure, this demonstrated abnormal fluid and food deposition within what was originally reported to be a large hiatus hernia with a tight lower oesophageal sphincter. On corroboration with CT imaging obtained, in retrospect the endoscopic findings were attributed to slippage of the patient’s adjustable gastric band. The band was loosened via its subcutaneous access port, following consultation with the surgical service, resulting in complete resolution of the patients’ symptoms and she was discharged. This case is an example of gastroscopy as a rare trigger for the common complication of slipped gastric band following LAGB.

  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Endoscopy
  • Oesophagus
  • Stomach and duodenum
  • Gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors WW obtained consent from the patient and engaged in correspondence after discharge from hospital. WW also primarily authored the summary, background, case presentation, investigation, treatment and outcome sections of the report. BZ was involved in treating the patient during her admission. BZ authored the discussion and learning points sections of the report, selected figures, authored figure legends and edited the full report for submission.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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