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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2017, Article ID 8398703, 3 pages
Case Report

Acute Pancreatitis with Splenic Infarction as Early Postoperative Complication following Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

1Department of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY 10037, USA
2Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Aleksandr Kalabin; gro.chhcyn@anibalak

Received 13 March 2017; Revised 10 April 2017; Accepted 11 April 2017; Published 13 April 2017

Academic Editor: Gregorio Santori

Copyright © 2017 Aleksandr Kalabin 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.


Obesity is becoming a global health burden along with its comorbidities. It imposes tremendous financial burden and health costs worldwide. Surgery has emerged as the definitive treatment option for morbidly obese patients with comorbidities. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is performed now more than ever making it imperative for physicians and surgeons to recognize both the common and the uncommon risks and complications associated with it. In this report we describe a rare early life-threatening postoperative complication following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. From our extensive review of literature, there is no existing report of acute pancreatitis with splenic infarction postsleeve gastrectomy to this date.