Subcutaneous Perforation of Recurrent Gastric Fistula After Abdominoplasty with Scar Revision

Erik S DeSoucy, Vincente S Nelson
2020 Military medicine  
This case represents an unusual, and previously unreported, complication of delayed leakage of gastric contents into the subcutaneous tissues 2 years after division of a gastrostomy tube tract during abdominoplasty. Our patient required urgent exploration for contamination control and closure of the fistula and recovered fully. Persistent gastrocutaneous fistula is uncommon in adults and even less common is recannulization of a fistula track after initial closure. A thorough review of operative
more » ... review of operative history and comparison to previous imaging were crucial for appropriate diagnosis and operative planning. Formal closure of gastrostomy tube sites during scar revision and abdominoplasty may help prevent the complication of delayed gastrostomy tube tract rupture into the subcutaneous tissues.
doi:10.1093/milmed/usaa212 pmid:32789445 fatcat:q2u44ypgxzctrltgwzplw4nrg4