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Peculiar Skin Rash After Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

Mohamed Eghleilib, Ahmed Eghlileb, Ihasan Al-Alem, Dalia Sriwi, Amany Khaled Elshaer

(Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom)

Am J Case Rep 2020; 21:e920728

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.920728

BACKGROUND: Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide. Due to its increasing incidence and the difficulty in reducing its morbidity and mortality using nonsurgical methods, the demand for bariatric surgery has risen in recent times. Sleeve gastrectomy is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery, and like any other surgery, it carries a series of risks.
CASE REPORT: Although complications such as gastrointestinal leaks are widely reported, there is limited literature available on cutaneous complications. Here, we report 4 cases of patients showing a peculiar skin rash 2-4 weeks following sleeve gastrectomy. We also discuss some of the mechanisms that may underlie this correlation.
CONCLUSIONS: There is a need for further epidemiological studies to determine the prevalence of this rash. Further studies are also needed to determine the exact etiology of this rash.

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