Nigerian Journal of Surgery

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Bullhorn Hernia: A Rare Traumatic Abdominal Wall Hernia

B Singh, A Kumar, A Kaur, RL Singla


Traumatic abdominal wall hernia (TAWH) is rare despite the high prevalence of blunt abdominal trauma. Bullhorn hernia occurs as a result of a direct blow to the abdominal wall by the horn of a bull, which disrupts the muscles and fascia and leads to hernia formation. We report a rare case of bullhorn TAWH in a 70‑year‑old patient who presented with swelling at the left lumbar region. The patient was managed by immediate surgical intervention. A surgeon must have high index of suspicion for the diagnosis of this condition as missed hernias in this setting pose a high risk of strangulation and gangrene.

Keywords: Blunt abdominal trauma, colostomy, mesh repair, primary repair
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