Paraduodenal hernia: Diagnosis and surgical management

R. A. Brigham, W. F. Fallon, J. R. Saunders, J. W. Harmon, J. C. d'Avis

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Paraduodenal hernia is an unusual cause of intestinal obstruction, but one with which all surgeons should be familiar. We reviewed the anatomy, pathophysiology, initial symptoms, radiographic criteria for diagnosis, and subsequent therapy of five patients treated for paraduodenal hernia at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Contrast radiography of the small intestine remains the mainstay of preoperative diagnosis. Essential components of treatment include bowel reduction and obliteration of the hernia defect by simple closure or by wide opening of the sac. Further recommendations include sparing the inferior mesenteric vessels during the repair of left paraduodenal hernias and transpositioning the right colon to the left side of the abdomen for repair of right paraduodenal hernias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-502
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 18 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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