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Acute gastric volvulus: An unreported long-term complication of pericardial drainage

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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
    Yoann Marion
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
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    Caen University Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Avenue de la Côte de Nacre, Caen F-14000, France
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
    Julien Rod
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
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    Caen University Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Avenue de la Côte de Nacre, Caen F-14000, France
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
    Claire Dupont-Lucas
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
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    Caen University Hospital, Department of Pediatric, Avenue de la Côte de Nacre, Caen F-14000, France
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
    Jean Philippe Le Rochais
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
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    Caen University Hospital, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Avenue de la Côte de Nacre, Caen F-14000, France
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
    Thierry Petit
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    Caen University Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Avenue de la Côte de Nacre, Caen F-14000, France
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    1 University of Caen, Medical School, Caen, F-14000, France.
    Philippe Ravasse
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      Abstract

      We report the case of a girl who had tetralogy of fallot (TOF) repaired at birth without any associated diaphragmatic hernia. At the age of 2½ years, she experienced an upper gastrointestinal occlusion. At laparoscopy an organoaxial gastric volvulus was observed related to a peritoneal adhesion secondary to pericardial drainage that had been performed at the time of the TOF repair. After reduction of the volvulus, a phrenofundopexy was done. Postoperatively, the child has remained asymptomatic with a follow-up of 24 months. There are few cases of pericardial drainage complications documented in the literature but none in the pediatric population. Based on this observation, we advise that during pericardial drainage tube placement, the peritoneal cavity be carefully avoided to prevent formation of intra-peritoneal adhesions and the risk of gastric volvulus.

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