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Laparoscopic surgery: two thirds of injuries initially missed

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:788
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    A study of misadventure data relating to laparoscopic surgery shows that the injury most frequently associated with the procedure is damage to the common bile duct, followed by perforation of the small bowel and perforation of the colon. Injuries occur most often during gall bladder operations, with exploratory laparoscopy coming second.

    The data are contained in a report from the Physicians Insurers Association of America, which draws on information from 19 medical insurance companies, including the Medical Defence Union, under a data sharing project. Fifteen companies are from the United States, and four are from Canada, the United …

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