The development of a small bowel volvulus in the early postoperative period following a distal gastrectomy: Report of a case
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A 51-year-old Japanese man who underwent a standard distal gastrectomy for cancer of the stomach developed abdominal pain when oral intake was commenced on the 6th postoperative day after an uneventful postoperative course. Complete obstruction of the jejunum led to a sudden deterioration in his general condition and a laparotomy was performed, revealing counterclockwise rotation of the mesenterium. The necrotic portion of the small intestine was removed, while 10 cm of the upper jejunum and 100 cm of the terminal ileum were preserved. His second postoperative course was uneventful apart from the development of “intestinal hurry,” which is now under medical control 9 months after his second laparotomy.
Key Wordsvolvulus small intestine distal gastrectomy
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