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Gastrointestinal Imaging

E3186. Imaging of Bariatric Surgery Complications: A Practical Interactive Review

Benjamin R,  Ahn J,  Gakhal M,  Wong S. Christiana Care Health Systems, Newark, DE

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Background Information: Bariatric surgery is a commonly performed procedure, especially in the United States. Often, when complications are suspected, computed tomography scans are performed for further evaluation as part of the workup. However, the imaging diagnosis and detection of complications can be challenging, which can be due to failure in understanding normal post surgical anatomy or lack of awareness of pathologic findings on computed tomography.

Educational Goals/Teaching Points: The goal of our exhibit is to familiarize the radiology trainee with the normal post operative imaging findings following the various types of bariatric surgery encountered in clinical practice, and present the key teaching points necessary to detect the spectrum of important complications as they appear on computed topography.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques: Post surgical appearance of stomach and small bowel. Bariatric surgery complications. Computed tomography.

Conclusion: Complications resulting from bariatric surgery can be reliably detected via computed tomography, following the appropriate training, as demonstrated in our comprehensive review.