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Laparoscopic emergency gastric band removal for acute total food intolerance

M Vix, MD J Marescaux, MD, FACS, Hon FRCS, Hon FJSES, Hon FASA, Hon APSA
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2010;10(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en2928

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Laparoscopic gastric banding is a procedure with very low postoperative morbidity and mortality, but presents different long-term complications very challenging to manage. We report the case of a 35-year-old woman in whom a gastric band had been placed 5 years ago. Her initial BMI was 42. The patient’s evolution has been perfect since she has considerably lost weight. Her current BMI is 28. However, a sudden complete food intolerance has occurred. A nasogastric tube is placed but does not help to relieve total food intolerance. Consequently, the removal of the gastric band is immediately decided upon.