Traumatic lumbar hernia: Can't afford to miss

Sachin S. Saboo, Bharti Khurana, Naman Desai, Yu Hsiang Juan, Wendy Landman, Aaron Sodickson, Jonathan Gates

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We describe the radiological and surgical correlation of an uncommon case of a traumatic lumbar hernia in a 22-year-old man presenting to the emergency department following a motor vehicle accident. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed a right-sided traumatic inferior lumbar hernia containing a small amount of fat through the posterior lateral internal oblique muscle with hematoma in the subcutaneous fat and adjacent abdominal wall musculature, which was repaired surgically via primary closure on emergent basis. The purpose of this article is to emphasize the importance of diagnosing traumatic lumbar hernia on CT and need for urgent repair to avoid potential complications of bowel incarceration and strangulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-327
Number of pages3
JournalEmergency Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014


  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Surgery
  • Traumatic lumbar hernia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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