Unusual Cause of Acute Abdominal Pain in a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Patient

Unusual Cause of Acute Abdominal Pain in a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Patient

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Timothy Koch
Center for Advanced Laparoscopic General & Bariatric Surgery, MedStar-Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., USA


Abdominal pain after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is an important potential complication. Perforation of an ulcer in the excluded duodenum is a rare occurrence in a patient who has undergone gastric bypass. We present a case of a 61-year-old female with a history of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, who presented with acute right upper quadrant abdominal pain, which began 1 week after starting treatment with ibuprofen. The evaluation revealed tachycardia, epigastric/right upper abdominal tenderness and leukocytosis. CT abdomen without contrast, ultrasound examination and nuclear medicine scan of the gallbladder were unremarkable. Upper endoscopy revealed an ulcer just distal to her gastrojejunostomy. At exploratory laparotomy, a wellcontained perforation was identified on the anterior duodenal bulb. The perforated ulcer was debrided, the intestine closed with sutures and a drain was left in the abscess cavity. Conventional endoscopic access to bypassed duodenum and stomach is difficult after gastric bypass. In this case, the patient ingested oral ibuprofen and developed both a marginal ulceration as well as an ulceration of the excluded duodenal bulb. The latter finding is consistent with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug side-effect developing via a hematogenous exposure.

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Publication history
Received: Sat 20, Jun 2020
Accepted: Mon 06, Jul 2020
Published: Thu 09, Jul 2020
© 2019 Timothy Koch. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.31487/j.AJSCR.2020.03.04