Nigerian Journal of Surgery

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An Uncommon Cause of Acute Bowel Obstruction: The Left Para.Duodenal Hernia

A Trigui, A Guirat, H Rejab, N Kardoun, F Frikha, MB Amar


Internal hernias of the abdomen are uncommon. They represent less than 1% of bowel obstruction cases. The left Paraduodenal hernia (PH) is the most frequent type of internal hernias. We report a case of 77 year- old woman consulting for bowel obstruction evolving since two days. The abdominal computed tomography revealed a retroperitoneal small bowel contained in a peritoneal sac. The surgical exploration confirmed the diagnosis of a left internal PH by showing incarcerated jejunal loops in a PH through a narrow opening to the left of the angle of Treitz. A surgical reduction of the hernia and closure of the hernia neck were performed. The follow-ups were uncomplicated. Through this observation and a literature review, we try to recall the clinical and radiological characteristics of this disease and to
clarify the therapeutic modalities.

Keywords: Computed tomography, internal hernia, paraduodenal hernia, small bowel obstruction

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