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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 196-198

Report of a case and review of literature of internal hernia through peritoneal defect in pouch of douglas: A rare occurrence


Department of General Surgery, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Vamseedharan Muthukumar
Department of General Surgery, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, 395, Sarojini Naidu Road, Sidhapudur, Coimbatore - 641 044, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_297_16

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Intestinal obstruction attributable to internal hernia as a cause is a rare phenomenon with a reported incidence of 0.6%–5.8%. Internal hernias ensuing as a result of defect in the pouch of Douglas is extremely rare with only six such cases reported so far in the literature. We present a case of 74-year-old posthysterectomy status female who presented with features of intestinal obstruction. Intraoperatively, the site of obstruction was found to be a rent in the peritoneum of the pouch of Douglas through which a loop of ileum was found herniating. The viability of the bowel was confirmed, and the defect was closed. The postoperative course was uneventful. This report presents an extremely rare type of internal hernia caused by defect in the pouch of Douglas and review of the literature so far available.


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