An interesting case of left paraduodenal hernia.
Keywords:General Surgery, Hernia Surgery, Paraduodenal Fossa Hernia, Small Bowel Obstruction
Paraduodenal fossa hernias (PDFHs) represent 53% of all congenital internal hernias and 0.2-0.9% of all small bowel obstructions. Most of these hernias are diagnosed incidentally on laparotomy, and carry up to 50% lifetime risk of development of small bowel obstruction. We present our experience in diagnosing and treating a case of a massive left paraduodenal fossa hernia in a 17 year male, containing over 30% of the small bowel (jejunum and ileum), presenting with a history of recurrent incomplete small bowel obstruction. Plain abdominal radiography showed distended loops of jejunum and few air fluid levels. After laparotomy and identification of hernia, small gut was reduced and examined, which was found to be structurally and functionally intact with normal vascularity. The defect was closed with continuous absorbable suture (Vicryl 2-0) sparing the inferior mesenteric vessels. Patient’s post-operative recovery remained uneventful and he was discharged on 4th post-operative day.