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Chirurgia 2001 April;14(2):101-4

language: Italian

Obturator hernia: three cases and literature survey

Taranto F., Tonante A., Gagliano E., Giuseppe A., Lo Schiavo M. G., D'Alia C., Bonanno L., Sturniolo G.


Three cases of obturator hernia observed during the last 10 years are presented. As reported in the literature, according to personal clinical experience, obturator hernia is a very rare disease; out of 129 operations performed for abdominal wall defects, only 3 cases (0.3%) were observed and everytime the diagnosis has been made during surgery. As reported in the literature our patients were female, multiparous and elderly who underwent an important slimming during the previous years. The approach through the inguinal way permitted in all cases an easy isolation of the sac and its reduction; the repair through the implant of a Dacron-Mersilene plug at the internal obturator foramen was successful and without any kind of complications.

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