ABSTRACT: We present two cases of iliac artery damage arising from surgery to correct a lumbar disc hernia due to ventral perforation. The first was a pseudoaneurysm of the left iliac artery with a retroperitoneal hematoma diagnosed by ultrasound and TAC on the third day after surgery. The second was a retroperitoneal hematoma diagnosed by intraoperative ultrasound after the patient was shifted to a new position. Emergency laparotomy was performed on both patients to repair the damage. This is an unusual but serious complication, and in most cases requires intuitive diagnosis and lifesaving surgery.
Revista espanola de anestesiologia y reanimacion 40(5):310-2.