Portal vein thrombosis following laparoscopic cholecystectomy complicated by dengue viral infection: a case report

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dc.contributor.author Dan, Dilip
dc.contributor.author King, Kevin
dc.contributor.author Seetahal, Shiva
dc.contributor.author Naraynsingh, Vijay
dc.contributor.author Hariharan, Seetharaman
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-30T05:30:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-30T05:30:46Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03-30
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1752-1947-5-126
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2011 Mar 30;5(1):126
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/12612
dc.description.abstract Abstract Introduction Portal vein thrombosis is an uncommon post-operative complication following abdominal surgery. Although therapeutic anticoagulation is recommended, this treatment may be questionable when the patient has an associated bleeding diathesis. Case presentation We report a case of a 63-year-old woman of Asian Indian ethnicity who developed portal vein thrombosis following an uneventful laparoscopic cholecystectomy for symptomatic gallstones. Her condition was further complicated by dengue viral infection in the post-operative period, with thrombocytopenia immediately preceding the diagnosis of portal vein thrombosis. The etiological connections between dengue viral infection with thrombocytopenia, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, portal vein thrombosis as well as the treatment dilemmas posed in treating a patient with portal vein thrombosis with a bleeding diathesis are discussed. Conclusion When portal vein thrombosis occurs in patients with contraindications to anticoagulation, there is a role for initial conservative management without aggressive anticoagulation therapy and such patients must be approached on an individualized basis.
dc.title Portal vein thrombosis following laparoscopic cholecystectomy complicated by dengue viral infection: a case report
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2012-03-30T05:30:50Z
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.rights.holder Dan et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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