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Liver Trauma During Combined Liposuction and Abdominoplasty: A Rare but Potentially Lethal Complication

Published in Aesthetic surgery journal. 2015, vol. 35, no. 7, p. NP211-NP215
Abstract Liposuction is a well-established procedure that is generally safe. However, rare complications can occur. The authors report on a 38-year-old woman who underwent combined abdominoplasty and liposuction at a private clinic. Four hours after the procedure, severe hypovolemic shock developed and required emergency transfer to a tertiary-care center. After primary fluid resuscitation, abdominal ultrasonography and computerized tomography revealed severe right-sided liver trauma, with active bleeding and free intra-abdominal fluid. Two attempts at right hepatic artery embolization failed to fully control the bleeding, and surgical hemostasis was required. After a 2-week hospitalization, the patient was discharged, and she returned to work 3 months later. Although it appears that this is the first reported case of liver trauma during liposuction, this potential complication should be kept in mind and identified early to permit efficient and effective management.
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Research groups Chirurgie viscérale (104)
Chirurgie viscérale (HUG)
Groupe Pittet Cuenod Brigitte (chirurgie plastique et reconstructive) (96)
Transplantation et hépatologie (905)
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GIALAMAS, Eleftherios et al. Liver Trauma During Combined Liposuction and Abdominoplasty: A Rare but Potentially Lethal Complication. In: Aesthetic surgery journal, 2015, vol. 35, n° 7, p. NP211-NP215. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjv028 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:75853

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