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Left Paraduodenal Hernia: A Cause of Double Intestinal Obstruction

Isaac Assam Udo
Victor Obong


Paraduodenal hernias are of congenital origin and may present with symptoms and signs of small intestinal obstruction. These hernias are rare in our practice, and a definitive preoperative diagnosis is often not made as the symptoms are not specific. Early assessment and prompt and adequate resuscitation and surgery obviate the risk of strangulation and intestinal resection. This report highlights a rare cause of intestinal obstruction in a young male who presents with all the classical features of obstruction: colicky abdominal pain, distension, vomiting, and inability to pass stool or flatus. The diagnosis of paraduodenal hernia was made intraoperatively. We do not routinely request for barium examination or abdominal computed tomography scan in acute abdominal pain. These modalities can suggest a preoperative diagnosis.