n South African Journal of Surgery - Traumatic abdominal wall hernia - four cases and a review of the literature : trauma
|Article Title||Traumatic abdominal wall hernia - four cases and a review of the literature : trauma|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Journal of Surgery|
|Author||T.C. Hardcastle, D.F. Du Toit, C. Malherbe, G.N. Coetzee, M. Hoogerboord, B.L. Warren and C.C. Modin|
|Publication Date||May 2005|
|Pages||41 - 43|
<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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