Laparoscopic repair/peritoneal toilet of perforated duodenal ulcer
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Laparoscopic techniques have been refined to the point where exposure, haemostasis and tissue approximation by suture approach those obtained at open access surgery. We report a patient with acute perforation of an ulcer in the first part of the duodenum who was successfully treated by laparoscopic oversewing and omental patching. The clinical indications for contemplating use of laparoscopic surgery for acute ulcer perforation, techniques employed and the areas for potential improvement of instruments, needles and sutures are discussed.