To determine the incidence and clinical features of laparoscopic gynaecological deaths in Australia.
Materials and Methods
Gynaecological laparoscopic mortality data were obtained from the National Coronial Information Systems (NCIS) and Australian State Coroners Courts, for the period July 1 2000 to December 31 2012.
Eighteen deaths were identified, providing a mortality rate of approximately 1 per 70,000 laparoscopic procedures. The commonest cause of death was from bowel perforation, most of which were unrecognised during the operation.
Gynaecologists should be trained to recognise and manage the rare event of laparoscopic perforation of a viscus or a blood vessel.