Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp 1208–1211 | Cite as

Alternative laparoscopic management of perforated peptic ulcers

  • D. Urbano
  • M. Rossi
  • P. De Simone
  • P. Berloco
  • D. Alfani
  • R. Cortesini
Original Articles


Surgery—namely, suture closure-is still the treatment of choice for perforated peptic ulcers, despite the proven efficacy of Taylor's conservative approach. Such conservative management, however, has been proven less effective in high-risk patients and those with perforations more than 12 h old. Here we suggest alternative laparoscopic treatments for perforated peptic ulcers.

We have treated laparoscopically six patients (one F, five M; mean age 57.6 years; range 31–81 years); the mean duration of the operation was 52 min; the median hospital stay was 7 days (6–15 days); H2-blockers, antibiotics, and fluids were administered in the p.o. course; the follow-ups range from 6 to 18 months.

On the basis of our experience, the treatment of choice for perforated peptic ulcers is Taylor's conservative procedure and laparoscopic drainage of the abdominal cavity when there is mild peritoneal reaction (usually less than 6 h from the onset of perforation). In case of remarkable peritonitis (usually more than 12 h), it is mandatory to add an accurate lavage. When the site of perforation is concealed by the peritoneal inflammation it should not be searched; when visible, it might be obliterated with the round ligament or an omental tissue strand, particularly if larger than 1 cm in diameter.

Key words

Laparoscopic surgery Sutureless laparoscopic treatment Perforated duodenal ulcer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Urbano
    • 1
  • M. Rossi
    • 1
  • P. De Simone
    • 1
  • P. Berloco
    • 1
  • D. Alfani
    • 1
  • R. Cortesini
    • 1
  1. 1.It Patologia ChirurgicaUniversita' di Roma “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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