Obesity Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 812–816 | Cite as

Pseudomonas aeruginosa Necrotizing Infection of the Abdominal Flap in a Post-Bariatric Patient Undergoing Body Contouring Surgery

  • Antonino AracoEmail author
  • Francesco Araco
  • Parveen Abdullah
  • John Overton
  • Gianpiero Gravante
Case Report


Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections may involve any organ or body district and may give serious clinical sequelae. We report the case of an infection of the abdominoplasty flap that compromised wound closure and jeopardized the aesthetic outcome. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first such case reported in the literature for this group of patients. We have presented this case in order to alert plastic and general surgeons who may encounter this complication in future, such that they may be aware of the need to adopt an aggressive approach to manage these patients. This consisted of the accurate monitoring of the patient’s clinical condition, prescribing appropriate antibiotics, and performing serial debridement of necrotic tissue.


Aesthetic abdominoplasty Pseudomonas Complications Wound infections Massive weight loss Body contouring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonino Araco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francesco Araco
    • 1
  • Parveen Abdullah
    • 2
  • John Overton
    • 3
  • Gianpiero Gravante
    • 4
  1. 1.Villa Santa Maria Di LeucaPrivate ClinicRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PathologySandwell General HospitalBirminghamUK
  3. 3.Barts and the London School of Medicine and DentistryLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic SurgeryUniversity Hospitals of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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