Background: Gastro-pleural and gastro-cutaneous fistulae formation are rare yet life-threatening complications post-bariatric surgery. To our knowledge so far only limited cases of gastro-pleural and gastro-cutaneous fistulae post gastric sleeve surgery have been reported in the literature with their corresponding management. Therefore, we are reporting a case of placement of an endoscopic stent in the management of gastro-cutaneous fistula post laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Case presentation: A 42 years old Pakistani, female morbidly obese patient, underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Within a week after the procedure, the patient presented with dyspnea. Workup showed a gastric leak for which percutaneous drain placement was done. Later, gastro-pleural and gastro-cutaneous fistulae were formed for which endoscopic fistula closure was done using a metallic stent. Conclusion: Endoscopic stent placement is an emerging field and it is considered safe and effective for the management of complications related to bariatric surgery.
- Endoscopic stent placement
- Gastro-cutaneous fistula
- Gastro-pleural fistula
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy