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Delayed Mechanical Small Bowel Obstruction Caused by Retained, Free, Intraperitoneal Staple After Laparoscopic Appendectomy

Chepla, Kyle J. MD*; Wilhelm, Scott M. MD, FACS

Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques: February 2011 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p e19–e20
doi: 10.1097/SLE.0b013e3182051ffe
Case Reports

New techniques and instrumentation within the field of laparoscopic surgery have resulted in an increase in both the number and types of procedures performed. Many advances, such as the linear cutting stapler and automatic clip applier, are now commonplace and used in almost every laparoscopic case. However, these new devices and procedures have also led to previously unseen complications.

Departments of *Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

General Surgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Reprints: Scott M. Wilhelm, MD, FACS, Department of Surgery, University Hospitals, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44118 (e-mail:

Received September 28, 2010

Accepted October 19, 2010

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.