JOURNAL ARTICLE

An unusual cause of dysuria

Hye-Chung Kwak, Garry Tan, Lisa Rickers, Paul Leeder, Mike Larvin
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2011, 93 (6): e64-6
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Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) insertion has become an increasingly common treatment for severe obesity worldwide. As a consequence, LAGB complications are reported in increasing numbers and usually present to acute surgical units. This report describes the development of lower abdominal pain and dysuria in a patient who had undergone LAGB surgery 20 months previously. Repeated symptomatic treatment for a possible urinary tract infection in the community setting had been unsuccessful. The cause was found to be a fracture in the tubing connecting the LAGB device with its subcutaneous adjusting port, which was causing persistent bladder irritation. It is recommended that when LAGB patients present with acute lower abdominal pain, consideration should be made as to whether a tubing disconnection has occurred. Such a complication may be visualised by abdominal radiography. Advice can be sought on this and other complications of bariatric surgery by contacting the regional bariatric surgical centre where definitive management would be undertaken.

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