Rupture of the lesser gastric curvature after a Heimlich maneuver

Surg Endosc. 2003 Sep;17(9):1495. doi: 10.1007/s00464-003-4206-0. Epub 2003 Jun 19.


Background: We present a case of lesser gastric curvature injury after a Heimlich maneuver due to obstruction of the breathing tract that was repaired by laparoscopic surgery.

Methods: A patient with perforation of the lesser gastric curvature as a result of closed abdominal traumatism was operated on using the laparoscopic approach with the use of four trocars as work openings. With this technique, the diagnosis was confirmed, the injury repaired, and the abdominal cavity washed.

Results: The postoperative period was favorable and the patient was released from the hospital on day 7 without any complications.

Conclusions: Laparoscopic surgery can be technically reproduced in the treatment of gastric injury as a result of closed abdominal traumatism.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Airway Obstruction / therapy
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Drainage
  • Eating
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • First Aid / adverse effects*
  • Foreign Bodies
  • Gastrointestinal Contents
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods*
  • Pneumoperitoneum / etiology
  • Pressure / adverse effects*
  • Stomach / injuries*
  • Stomach Rupture / etiology*
  • Stomach Rupture / surgery


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents