Vascular trauma secondary to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures: Laparoscopy

Paul T. McDonald*, Norman M. Rich, George J. Collins, Charles A. Andersen, Louis Kozloff

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Diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy are safe procedures that only rarely cause significant morbidity. However, major abdominal arterial and venous injury may occur, requiring prompt recognition and laparotomy. Direct compression will control major hemorrhage until resuscitation is complete. Vascular repair utilizing principles of proximal and distal control, good exposure, appropriate anticoagulation, and lateral suture technic should result in restoration of normal blood flow without significant sequelae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-655
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1978


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