Fatal Aortic Injury During Laparoscopy: Report of Two Cases

Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2003 Mar;24(1):80-2. doi: 10.1097/01.PAF.0000052753.07319.6B.


The authors report the cases of two young women who died of massive hemorrhage resulting from trocar aortic injuries during abdominal laparoscopy. In the first case, wherein the patient underwent laparoscopy for cecopexy, the forensic autopsy showed a through-and-through perforation of the abdominal aorta and of the ileum. The other woman, who had morbid obesity, underwent a laparoscopy for gastroplasty. In this second case, the main postmortem findings were stab wounds of the thoracic aorta and of the diaphragm.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aorta, Thoracic / injuries*
  • Aorta, Thoracic / pathology
  • Cecum / surgery
  • Diaphragm / injuries
  • Diaphragm / pathology
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Gastroplasty / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Ileum / injuries
  • Ileum / pathology
  • Laparoscopy / adverse effects*
  • Surgical Instruments / adverse effects*