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Vaginal cuff dehiscence with small-bowel evisceration following total laparoscopic hysterectomy – An unusual case

 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, INHS Kalyani, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Vaidehi D Thakur,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, INHS Kalyani, Gandhigram, Visakhapatnam - 530 005, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jmms.jmms_3_20

Small bowel evisceration from dehiscent vaginal cuff is unusual subsequent to laparoscopic hysterectomy. This complication is seldom cited in studies and reviews. We present an uncommon case of evisceration of small bowel from vaginal cuff dehiscence (VCD). The event occurred approximately 2 hours subsequent to the first act of coitus performed 3 months after the laparoscopic hysterectomy. Patient was brought to the emergency department for primary treatment. Urgent surgical intervention was planned. Small intestine was reposed after saline wash. Repairing of the vault was done with continuous suture by polyglactin-910 braided synthetic absorbable suture no.1. Patient was sent to home after 5 days of surgery. The strength of vaginal vault in laparoscopic hysterectomy depends on technique of vaginal cuff closure and types of suture materials used during surgery. Postoperative counseling of patients for recommencing physical activity and sexual intercourse is also of utmost significance.

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