Rare Complications of Laparoscopic Surgery with a Focus on Subcutaneous Emphysema
A 66-year-old female presented with undifferentiated altered mental status and was found to have choledocholithiasis. After successful laparoscopic cholecystectomy, the end-tidal CO2 progressively increased and significant subcutaneous emphysema of the chest, face, and neck was noted. Somnolence and decreased respiratory drive followed, precluding successful extubation. The patient was transferred to the intensive care unit for further monitoring and respiratory care. The discussion will focus on rare complications of laparoscopic surgery with an emphasis on risk factors, management, and complications of subcutaneous emphysema.
Rusli P, Cruz A, Aslani K. Rare complications of laparoscopic surgery with a focus on subcutaneous emphysema. Paper presented at: The American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting; 2021 Oct 9-11; San Diego, CA. Available at: https://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/9323/presentation/4520