Laparoscopic management of an internal double omental hernia: A rare cause of intestinal obstruction


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Introduction: Internal hernia is a very rare cause of intestinal obstruction (0.2-0.9% of cases), associated with 45% mortality. A review of the literature revealed just eight reported cases of double omental hernia since 1950 of which our patient is the first case successfully treated laparoscopically. Case presentation: We report on a 29-year-old man who presented with signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction. The patient underwent emergent exploratory laparoscopy. This revealed herniation of a 20-cm jejunal loop through the gastrocolic ligament and reemergence through a defect in the gastrohepatic ligament. The strangulated loop was reduced with slight traction, and the defect was repaired. The patient was discharged from hospital in just 5 days' time, and after 6 months of follow-up, the general condition of the patient was normal. Conclusions: Laparoscopy is a good technique with minimal complications compared with laparotomy. As many cases are missed due to nonspecific signs and symptoms, an urgent laparoscopy or laparotomy is highly recommended in such a situation. © Springer-Verlag 2004.