Pan African Medical Journal

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Is laparoscopy feasible and effective for acute postoperative small bowel obstruction in Africa? A case report in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Nana Oumarou Blondel, Bang Guy Aristide, Guifo Marc Leroy, Ngo Nonga Bernadette, Essomba Arthur, Sosso Maurice Aurélien


Laparoscopic management of acute adhesive small bowel obstruction has been shown to be feasible and advantageous. However, widespread acceptance and application is still not observed. We describe the case report of a 58-year-old male who presented with signs and symptoms of small bowel obstruction status twenty years after two consecutive open surgeries for complicated acute appendicitis. The patient underwent successfully a laparoscopic band lysis after failure of conservative management. This is the first report of laparoscopic management of adhesive small bowel obstruction in Cameroon. Laparoscopic adhesiolysis of acute adhesive small bowel obstruction is feasible and safe by skilled surgeons in selected patients even in developing countries.

Pan African Medical Journal 2016; 23
AJOL African Journals Online