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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 136153, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/136153
Case Report

Late Complication of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

1Department of General Surgery, Rambam Health Care Campus, The Technion-Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 9602, Haifa 31096, Israel
2Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Rambam Health Care Campus, The Technion-Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 9602, Haifa 31096, Israel

Received 24 February 2013; Accepted 24 March 2013

Academic Editors: E. Altintas and D. C. Damin

Copyright © 2013 Anthony Dakwar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is gaining popularity for the treatment of morbid obesity. It is a simple, low-cost procedure resulting in significant weight loss within a short period of time. LSG is a safe procedure with a low complication rate. The complications encountered nevertheless can result in morbidity and even mortality. The most significant complications are staple-line bleeding, stricture, and staple-line leak. The purpose of this paper is to present a patient who suffered from a staple-line leak presenting 16 months after LSG. Review of the current literature regarding this complication as well as outline of a strategy for the management of post-LSG gastric leaks is suggested.