Jejunogastric intussusception after distal gastrectomy with Roux-en-Y reconstruction: A case report

Int J Surg Case Rep. 2018:44:105-109. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2017.12.042. Epub 2018 Jan 31.


Introduction: Jejunogastric intussusception is a rare complication after gastric operation. Intussusception after gastric operation occurs mostly at the gastrojejunal anastomosis site and Braun anastomosis site of Billroth II reconstruction, and at the Y anastomosis site of Roux-en-Y reconstruction. However, jejunogastric intussusception after distal gastrectomy with Roux-en-Y reconstruction is very rare. We report a surgical case of jejunogastric intussusception after distal gastrectomy for gastric cancer treatment.

Presentation of case: An 82-year-old woman underwent laparoscopic distal gastrectomy for early gastric cancer treatment. Reconstruction was performed using Roux-en-Y anastomosis. Oral intake was started on postoperative day 4, however vomiting and high-grade fever occurred on postoperative day 12, after which oral intake became difficult.

Discussion: Anastomotic stenosis of the gastrojejunostomy was suspected, and various examinations were performed. Gastroendoscopy and computed tomography revealed an elevated lesion with ring-like folds protruding through the anastomosis site into the remnant stomach. Reoperation was performed on postoperative day 28 after a diagnosis of jejunogastric intussusception was made. It failed to reduce the intussusception, so partial resection of the gastrojejunal anastomosis was performed and Roux-en-Y reconstruction was repeated. Reconstruction was conducted after taking into consideration the recurrence of intussusception.

Conclusion: Jejunogastric intussusceptions after distal gastrectomy is a rare complication; however, when it occurs, early diagnosis and appropriate management are necessary.

Keywords: Distal gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y reconstruction; Jejunogastric intussusception.