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Vol. 82. Issue 1.
Pages 85-86 (January - March 2017)
Vol. 82. Issue 1.
Pages 85-86 (January - March 2017)
Clinical image in Gastroenterology
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Giant right inguinal hernia
Hernia inguinal derecha gigante
U.G. Rossi
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, P. Torcia, M. Cariati
Department of Diagnostic Science, Radiology and Interventional Radiology Unit, ASST Santi Paolo and Carlo – San Carlo Borromeo Hospital, Milan, Italy
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A 67-year-old woman from a rural residence arrived at our emergency department presenting with a large right inguinal mass that had progressed in size over 10 years, now with acute onset of right inguinal pain and nausea.

Clinical examination revealed a large right inguinal hernia, 20cm in length and 18cm in width (fig. 1). The hernia was non-reducible when gentle pressure was applied and so a strangulated right inguinal hernia was diagnosed. The patient underwent abdominal computed tomography that identified a large right inguinal hernia with an initial radiologic sign of bowel suffering (fig. 2 A-B). The patient underwent urgent open surgical repair of the strangulated right inguinal hernia. No signs of bowel infarction were noted during the surgery. The postoperative course was uneventful and the patient was discharged on day 2.

Figure 1.

Clinical examination that demonstrates the presence of the giant right inguinal hernia.

Figure 2.

A) Coronal Computed Tomography Volume Rendering Technique image that demonstrates the presence of the large right inguinal hernia. B) Axial Computed Tomography image that shows a direct hernia passing through the inguinal canal with bowel segment protrusion.


Inguinal hernias are predominant in males and there is a higher age-related incidence in men in their fifties and sixties. In females, chronic cough, older age, taller height, and rural residence have been associated with a higher incidence of inguinal hernia.1,2 Giant inguinal hernia, however, is more unusual and significantly challenging in terms of surgical management.3 For our case, rural residence and older age were the two main factors for the development of such a large inguinal hernia.

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Please cite this article as: Rossi UG, Torcia P, Cariati M. Giant right inguinal hernia. Revista de Gastroenterología de México. 2017;82:85–86.

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