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n South African Journal of Surgery - Traumatic abdominal wall hernia - four cases and a review of the literature : trauma

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Abstract

<I>Objective.</I> To review blunt traumatic abdominal wall hernias (TAWHs) in our institution. <br><I>Method.</I> Retrospective review of blunt abdominal trauma cases over a 6-month period. <br><I>Results.</I> Four patients with TAWH were identified. The mean age was 36 years. Three had been involved in vehicular collisions, and 1 had been assaulted with a large stone. All were diagnosed on presentation, 3 by computed tomography scan and 1 clinically. Two were repaired as emergencies, and 1 was repaired after 4 months. The 4th patient refused surgery. <br><I>Conclusion.</I> This uncommon injury requires a high index of suspicion and a low threshold for intervention. CT scan offers the best imaging potential.

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2005-05-01
2016-12-07
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