Leak from stomach after removal of gastric band due to erosion

Case contributed by Dr Vikas Shah


Gastric band 10 years ago. Recent pain and endoscopy revealed ulceration with band erosion. Band removed. Now has ongoing pain and raised inflammatory markers.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

CT abdomen and pelvis with intravenous and oral contrast

CT with intravenous and oral contrast (200 ml of 5% Gastrografin taken 5 minutes before image acquisition). Signs of recent surgery with surgical clips over left anterior abdominal wall close to the site of band tubing. The band has been removed. There is marked inflammatory change adjacent to the lesser curve and oral contrast has leaked into a track extending between the fundus and body of the stomach. Bibasal pleural effusions and subsegmental atelectasis.

Case Discussion

The oral contrast delineates a track between the fundus and body of the stomach, at the site of the removed band. The inflammatory change induced by the band has led to erosive gastritis and although the band was removed, a "fistula" channel was left behind. Following a period of enteral nutrition via jejunostomy, repeat imaging and endoscopy showed no leak.

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Case information

rID: 55557
Published: 19th Sep 2017
Last edited: 20th Nov 2017
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