Post-Myomectomy Intussusception: Report of Two Cases
BACKGROUND: Post-myomectomy intussusception is a very rare cause of post-operative intestinal obstruction in adult surgical practice. Preoperative diagnosis is usually missed or delayed because the symptoms are usually subacute and nonspecific.
METHOD: The case notes of the patients were retrieved and relevant data extracted and summarized. An extensive literature search was done and results reviewed and compared with the present case.
RESULTS: The two patients reported developed features of post operative intestinal obstructions which were thought to be due to adhesive bands and initial conservative managements instituted. Exploratory laparotomies later revealed ileo-ileal and jejuno-ileal intussusceptions which were reduced without resection with good outcome.
CONCLUSION: Intussusception is a rare but serious complication of myomectomy. High index of suspicion with prompt intervention and early team management optimize outcomes.
KEY WORDS: Intussusception, Myomectomy, Postoperative intestinal obstruction