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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 267-268

Obturator hernia: An uncommon cause of small bowel obstruction


Department of General Surgery, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. S Shreshtha
Department of General Surgery, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College and Hospital, New Delhi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.192663

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A 70 year old lady presented to surgery emergency with small bowel obstruction without any obvious etiology. On exploration she was found to have an obstructed obturator hernia, which is a rare pelvic hernia with an incidence of 0.07-1.4% of all intra-abdominal hernias. Diagnosis is often delayed until laparotomy for bowel obstruction. Strangulation is frequent and mortality remains high (25%). Early diagnosis and surgical treatment contributes greatly to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates. A variety of techniques have been described, however surgical repair has not been standardized. It is an important diagnosis to be considered in elderly patients with intestinal obstruction.






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