Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 39, Issue 10, pp 1171–1175 | Cite as

Superior mesenteric and portal vein thrombosis following laparoscopic-assisted right hemicolectomy

Report of a case
  • Keith W. Millikan
  • Steve M. Szczerba
  • Jose M. Dominguez
  • Rajalaxmi McKenna
  • James C. Rorig
Case Reports


PURPOSE: This article describes a case of superior mesenteric and portal vein thrombosis following laparoscopic-assisted right hemicolectomy. METHODS: A retrospective case review was performed. RESULTS: Data continue to grow regarding safety and technical feasibility of laparoscopic-assisted colectomy. As this minimally invasive alternative to open colonic resection becomes more popular, it is inevitable that information on benefits and complications associated with it will continue to expand. We report a case of superior mesenteric and portal vein thrombosis following laparoscopic-assisted colon resection. To our knowledge, this represents a complication of laparoscopic colon resection not previously reported in literature. CONCLUSION: Careful patient selection for this procedure is important. Additionally, the incision for extracorporeal resection and anastomosis in laparoscopic-assisted colectomy must be planned appropriately and carefully monitored intraoperatively to avoid potential complication of vascular trauma leading to mesenteric vein thrombosis.

Key words

Laparoscopy Laparoscopic colectomy Complications Laparoscopic-assisted colectomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith W. Millikan
    • 1
  • Steve M. Szczerba
    • 1
  • Jose M. Dominguez
    • 1
  • Rajalaxmi McKenna
    • 2
  • James C. Rorig
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryRush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical CenterChicago
  2. 2.Department of HematologyRush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical CenterChicago
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineRush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical CenterChicago

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