Small bowel (small intestine)

Topic Completed: 1 August 2012

Minor changes: 12 March 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

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

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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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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