Laparoscopy in trauma: An overview of complications and related topics

Tammy Kindel, Nicholas Latchana, Mamta Swaroop, Umer I. Chaudhry, Sabrena F. Noria, Rachel L. Choron, Mark J. Seamon, Maggie J. Lin, Melissa Mao, James Cipolla, Maher El Chaar, Dane Scantling, Niels D. Martin, David C. Evans, Thomas J. Papadimos, Stanislaw P. Stawicki*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The introduction of laparoscopy has provided trauma surgeons with a valuable diagnostic and, at times, therapeutic option. The minimally invasive nature of laparoscopic surgery, combined with potentially quicker postoperative recovery, simplified wound care, as well as a growing number of viable intraoperative therapeutic modalities, presents an attractive alternative for many traumatologists when managing hemodynamically stable patients with selected penetrating and blunt traumatic abdominal injuries. At the same time, laparoscopy has its own unique complication profile. This article provides an overview of potential complications associated with diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy in trauma, focusing on practical aspects of identification and management of laparoscopy-related adverse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-205
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Complications
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Review
  • Therapeutic laparoscopy
  • Trauma surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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