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A 52 year old woman underwent an elective hysterectomy and suffered a perforated bowel during the operation, which lead to peritonitis and her death. She reappeared at hospital 6 days after her surgery with severe abdominal pain that was initially mistaken to be due to constipation and a respiratory infection. Damage to the bowel is a rare complication of pelvic surgery, according to a gynaecologist involved in the lady’s care.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Belfast Telegraph digital
About: A rare hysterectomy complication: bowel perforation
Date: 8 November 2005
Source: The Belfast Telegraph digital
Author: Lisa Smyth
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