Migration of an intragastric balloon: A case report

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Introduction Intragastric balloons are a non-surgical treatment method for obesity. Presentation of case We report a 28 year old Kuwaiti women presented with vomiting and epigastric pain two years following insertion of a intra gastric balloon. The women was diagnosed as a case of intestinal obstruction secondary to intragastric balloon migration. Discussion Most intragastric balloons, should be removed in 6 months, to prevent complications. In our case, failure to follow up and remove the intragastric balloons in time led to bowel obstruction secondary to balloon migration. Conclusion We report a rare complication of the BioEnterics intragastric balloon. Adherence to manufacturer and physician recommendations may prevent serious complications of intra gastric balloon insertion.




Al Shammari, N. M., Alshammari, A. S., Alkandari, M. A., & Abdulsalam, A. J. (2016). Migration of an intragastric balloon: A case report. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 27, 10–12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2016.08.006

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