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Amyand's hernia-a vermiform appendix presenting in an inguinal hernia: a case series.

TitleAmyand's hernia-a vermiform appendix presenting in an inguinal hernia: a case series.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPsarras, K., Lalountas M., Baltatzis M., Pavlidis E., Tsitlakidis A., Symeonidis N., Ballas K., Pavlidis T., & Sakantamis A.
JournalJ Med Case Rep
Date Published2011

INTRODUCTION: A vermiform appendix in an inguinal hernia, inflamed or not, is known as Amyand's hernia. Here we present a case series of four men with Amyand's hernia.CASE PRESENTATIONS: We retrospectively studied 963 Caucasian patients with inguinal hernia who were admitted to our surgical department over a 12-year period. Four patients presented with Amyand's hernia (0.4%). A 32-year-old Caucasian man had an inflamed vermiform appendix in his hernial sac (acute appendicitis), presenting as an incarcerated right groin hernia, and underwent simultaneous appendectomy and Bassini suture hernia repair. Two patients, Caucasian men aged 36 and 43 years old, had normal appendices in their sacs, which clinically appeared as non-incarcerated right groin hernias. Both underwent a plug-mesh hernia repair without appendectomy. The fourth patient, a 25-year-old Caucasian man with a large but not inflamed appendix in his sac, had a plug-mesh hernia repair with appendectomy.CONCLUSION: A hernia surgeon may encounter unexpected intraoperative findings, such as Amyand's hernia. It is important to be prepared and apply the appropriate treatment.

Alternate JournalJ Med Case Rep
PubMed ID21929777
PubMed Central IDPMC3185278


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