Appendicular Tourniquet: A Cause of Intestinal Obstruction PD09-PD11
Dr. Prashanth Basappa Chowdary,
Resident, Department of General Surgery, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute,
Fort, KR Road, Bangalore – 560002, Karnataka, India.
Intestinal obstruction is one of the common surgical emergencies seen in daily practice. Postoperative adhesions are notorious for being the most common cause for intestinal obstruction. Occasionally, laparotomy findings do come as a surprise to surgeons. Here one such case is discussed. A patient was operated on with suspicion of intestinal obstruction secondary to postoperative adhesions. However, laparotomy revealed the appendix to be inflamed, curled around the terminal ileum and acting as a tourniquet.