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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 3, Issue 4, Pages 241-247
Critical Review

Laparoscopic Bowel Injuries Among Gynecologic Patients

1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, 2625 North Craycroft, Suite 201, Tucson, Arizona 85712, USA

Received 26 August 1996; Accepted 27 September 1996

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


Bowel injury is an uncommon but recognized risk of operative laparoscopy. Because of the significant morbidity that can occur with this complication, it is important that clinicians be aware of its incidence, presentation, and management. This manuscript outlines the common causes of bowel injury, including herniation and traumatic bowel perforation. Management of laparoscopic bowel injuries is discussed and recommendations are made for avoidance of such complications.