Intragastric balloon for morbid obesity causing chronic gastric dilatation

F. Pretolesi, G. Redaelli, L. Papagni, L. E. Derchi

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We describe the radiographic findings observed in a morbidly obese and diabetic patient with an intragastric air-filled balloon introduced as a therapeutic measure to reduce food intake. The balloon was associated with chronic gastric dilatation and had to be removed 3 months after insertion. However, together with diet and behavioural therapy, it proved effective in reducing body weight and ameliorating glycaemic control. Although rarely used, intragastric balloons for the treatment of morbid obesity are still encountered in radiological practice. Radiologists must be able to recognize them and to understand their complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-589
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Complications
  • Intragastric balloons
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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