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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 279
 

The importance of long-term postoperative follow-up, including low threshold for endoscopic examination of the remnant stomach after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass


1 Department of Surgery, AZ Sint Dimpna, Geel, Belgium
2 Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Hospital Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium

Date of Submission22-Jun-2018
Date of Acceptance26-Jun-2018
Date of Web Publication4-Jun-2019

Correspondence Address:
Ben Gys
Department of Surgery, AZ Sint Dimpna, Geel
Belgium
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmas.JMAS_166_18

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How to cite this article:
Gys B, Haenen F, Moreels T. The importance of long-term postoperative follow-up, including low threshold for endoscopic examination of the remnant stomach after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. J Min Access Surg 2019;15:279

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Gys B, Haenen F, Moreels T. The importance of long-term postoperative follow-up, including low threshold for endoscopic examination of the remnant stomach after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. J Min Access Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 24];15:279. Available from: http://www.journalofmas.com/text.asp?2019/15/3/279/238785


Dear Sir,

We have read with great interest the case report written by Patrascu et al. (J Minim Access Surg. 2018 Jan-Mar; 14(1):68-70) titled 'A delayed acute complication of bariatric surgery: Gastric remnant haemorrhagic ulcer after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass'.

In the discussion, Patrascu et al. stated that 'the use of enteroscopy is quite cumbersome for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions'. We agree that an acute haemorrhage with tendency for hypovolemic shock always warrants acute intervention, like in this case urgent laparotomy with control of the bleeding. However, maybe the point of discussion should be why the patient did not undergo endoscopic examination of the remnant stomach before, since there was a history of intermittent upper gastrointestinal bleeding.[1]

Pathology of the excluded stomach after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is underestimated and especially malignancies pose a great treat since access to the remnant stomach is not always easily achieved. Furthermore, symptomatology of this remnant stomach pathology might not always be obvious. We would like to raise awareness about this specific issue as precious time might be lost in waiting for more 'obvious symptomatology' like in this case, hypovolemic shock.

Our point is to highlight this specific diagnostic limitation after RYGB and show the importance of long-term postoperative follow-up, including low threshold for endoscopic examination of the remnant stomach especially in the case of obvious symptomatology, like intermittent intraluminal bleeding.

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Hakim S, Reddy SR, Batke M, Polidori G, Cappell MS. Two case reports of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding from duodenal ulcers after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: Endoscopic diagnosis and therapy by single balloon or push enteroscopy after missed diagnosis by standard esophagogastroduodenoscopy. World J Gastrointest Endosc 2017;9:521-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
    




 

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