Small bowel (small intestine)

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 February 2018, last major update August 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Hernias[TI] small bowel[TIAB]

Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Hernias. website. Accessed March 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Protrusion of pouch-like, serosa lined sac of peritoneum (hernia sac) through weakness or defect in wall of peritoneal cavity
  • Usually inguinal and femoral canals, umbilicus and surgical scars
  • Rarely around ligament of Trietz
  • Viscera may protrude and become trapped in hernias, including bowel loops and omentum
  • Complications: incarceration, strangulation, infarction
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