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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2018, Article ID 1702705, 4 pages
Research Article

Histopathological Findings in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Specimens from Patients with Obesity in Saudi Arabia

Forensic Medicine Unit, Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh 12372, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Khaldoon Aljerian; moc.liamg@nairejlanoodlahk

Received 3 November 2017; Revised 9 February 2018; Accepted 28 February 2018; Published 3 April 2018

Academic Editor: Per Hellström

Copyright © 2018 Khaldoon Aljerian. 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.


Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric surgical procedure performed in patients with morbid obesity that provides the opportunity to review histopathological changes. The aim of this study was to characterize resected gastric specimens obtained from a Saudi patient population at a single center for a prospectively maintained database of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy cases. The histopathological findings from all patients undergoing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies at King Khalid University Hospital between 2010 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Of the 602 cases reviewed, the majority (83.4% []) exhibited chronic gastritis, whereas 22.3% () involved Helicobacter pylori infections with active gastritis, 1% () had intestinal metaplasia, and one case (0.17%) revealed gastric adenocarcinoma. As the findings revealed conditions that are treatable, I highly recommend histological examinations of all sleeve gastrectomy specimens from a Saudi patient population.