Obesity Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 393–396 | Cite as

Gastric Perforation and Death after the Insertion of an Intragastric Balloon

  • Ioannis Koutelidakis
  • Dimitrios DragoumisEmail author
  • Basilios Papaziogas
  • Aristidis Patsas
  • Alexandros Katsougianopoulos
  • Stefanos Atmatzidis
  • Konstantinos Atmatzidis
Case Report


We report a case of a patient who presented with an acute abdomen 2 days after the insertion of an intragastric balloon system and discuss in detail the advantages and drawbacks of these devices in the therapy of morbid obesity. A 43-year-old morbidly obese man was admitted to the department of surgery in shock with a 2-h history of severe diffuse abdominal pain and the initial diagnosis of visceral perforation. The patient had been subjected to intragastric placement of an inflatable balloon 48 h prior to his presentation. Abdominal exploration revealed the presence of a large linear perforation in the fundus of the stomach.


Intragastric balloon Gastric perforation Death 


Conflict of interest

There are no conflicts of interest or sources of financial support of any kind.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ioannis Koutelidakis
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Dragoumis
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Basilios Papaziogas
    • 1
  • Aristidis Patsas
    • 1
  • Alexandros Katsougianopoulos
    • 1
  • Stefanos Atmatzidis
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Atmatzidis
    • 1
  1. 1.G.Gennimatas Hospital, 2nd Surgical ClinicAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.ThessalonikiGreece

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