A Rare Case of De Garengeot Hernia: A Challenging Diagnosis and a New Approach

A Rare Case of De Garengeot Hernia: A Challenging Diagnosis and a New Approach

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Sleiman Marwan Julien
Division of Digestive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland


De Garengeot’s hernia is a rare entity in which the appendix is located within a femoral hernia and is almost invariably encountered incarcerated in an emergency setting. The clinical presentation is usually that of an incarcerated femoral hernia and is indistinguishable from other incarcerated femoral hernias. Here, we report on a 48-year-old female patient, known for a post-operative chronic seroma in the right groin since childhood, with a rare clinical presentation of a De Garengeot hernia. An abdominal CT-scan was performed, revealing an appendicitis with a stercolith in a femoral hernia. Generally, an inguinal approach alone (McVay procedure) is chosen and provides access for both appendectomy and hernia repair. In the absence of concomitant acute appendicitis, trans-abdominal pro-peritoneal laparoscopy (TAPP) could also be used as a single approach. In case of a rare presentation of acute appendicitis with probable contamination of the groin, we propose the double approach of laparoscopic appendectomy and hernia repair either with (if hernia sac is not opened during surgery) or without mesh. This approach is not yet described in the literature, and we think it the best technique to perform the appendectomy and hernia repair with little contamination of the groin.

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Received: Tue 06, Apr 2021
Accepted: Tue 20, Apr 2021
Published: Mon 03, May 2021
© 2021 Sleiman Marwan Julien. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2021.05.01