World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 976–984 | Cite as

Postoperative Portomesenteric Venous Thrombosis: Lessons Learned From 1,069 Consecutive Laparoscopic Colorectal Resections

  • Marco E. AllaixEmail author
  • Mukta K. Krane
  • Marco Zoccali
  • Konstantin Umanskiy
  • Roger Hurst
  • Alessandro Fichera



Portomesenteric venous thrombosis (PVT) is a known complication after open and laparoscopic colorectal (LCR) surgery. Risk factors and the prognosis of PVT have been poorly described.


This study is a retrospective analysis of a prospectively collected database. Patients with new-onset postoperative abdominal pain were evaluated with a computed tomography scan of the abdomen. Patients found to have PVT were analyzed. A multivariate analysis was performed to identify predictors of PVT.


A total of 1,069 patients undergoing LCR surgery for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or nonmetastatic cancer between June 2002 and June 2012 were included. Altogether, 37 (3.5 %) patients experienced symptomatic postoperative PVT. On univariate analysis, IBD (p < 0.001), ulcerative colitis (p = 0.016), preoperative therapy with steroids (p = 0.008), operative time ≥220 min (p = 0.004), total proctocolectomy (TPC) (p < 0.001), ileoanal pouch anastomosis (p = 0.006), and postoperative intraabdominal septic complications (p < 0.001) were found to be significant risk factors. By multivariate analysis, TPC (p = 0.026) and postoperative intraabdominal septic complications (p < 0.001) were independent predictors of PVT. In the PVT group, postoperative length of stay was longer (14.8 vs. 7.4 days, p < 0.001). Of the patients evaluated with a hematologic workup, 72.7 % were found to have a hypercoagulable condition. All patients were managed with oral anticoagulation for at least 6 months. No death or complications related to PVT occurred.


PVT is a potentially serious complication that is more likely to occur after TPC and in the presence of postoperative intraabdominal septic complications, particularly in patients with a coagulation disorder. Prompt diagnosis and treatment with oral anticoagulation are recommended to avoid long-term sequelae.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease Ulcerative Colitis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient Portal Vein Thrombosis Stoma Creation 
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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco E. Allaix
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mukta K. Krane
    • 1
  • Marco Zoccali
    • 1
  • Konstantin Umanskiy
    • 1
  • Roger Hurst
    • 1
  • Alessandro Fichera
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Chicago Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Washington Medical CenterSeattleUSA

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