Littre hernia

Last revised by Yaïr Glick on 11 Feb 2024

Littre hernias are hernias (alternative plural: herniae) containing a Meckel diverticulum, and are also known as persistent omphalomesenteric duct hernias. They are most frequently encountered in the inguinal region.

  • blind-ending tubular structure arising from antimesenteric border of small bowel and extending into inguinal sac

  • normal appendix would be seen

Alexis Littre, a French surgeon in the year 1700 was the first to report three cases of incarcerated femoral hernia containing a small bowel diverticulum.

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Cases and figures

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