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Pulmonary embolism following laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Report of two cases and review of the literature


Laparoscopic abdominal surgery is considered a low-risk procedure for postoperative thromboembolic disease. We report two cases of pulmonary embolism following laparoscopic cholecystectomy, review the incidence of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and suggest a specific prophylactic scheme for patients undergoing laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In spite of the low incidence of postoperative thromboembolic disease following minimally invasive procedures, the risk of pulmonary embolism must not be underestimated and its symptoms must not be underdiagnosed.

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Mayol, J., Vincent-Hamelin, E., Sarmiento, J.M. et al. Pulmonary embolism following laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc 8, 214–217 (1994).

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Key words

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Compression stockings
  • Low-molecular-weight heparin