Intersigmoid hernias, also known as sigmoid mesocolon hernias, occur when small bowel loops protrude into a peritoneal pocket (intersigmoid fossa) formed between two adjacent sigmoid segments and their mesentery.
Sigmoid mesocolon hernias account for ~5% of all internal hernias 1-2.
Sigmoid mesocolon hernias are divided by some authors into three categories 1,3:
- intersigmoid hernia
- transmesosigmoid hernia
- intermesosigmoid hernia
It is difficult, maybe impossible, to distinguish these subtypes preoperatively with no clear radiographic sign identified to distinguish among the three subtypes 1-2. Thus, most radiologists and surgeons just refer to intersigmoid hernias, rather than trying to distinguish between them.
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- paraduodenal hernia (left and right)
- pericaecal hernia
- sigmoid mesocolon hernias
small bowel mesentery internal hernia
- transmesenteric hernia
- intramesenteric hernia
- transomental hernia
- supravesical hernia
- pelvic internal hernia
- falciform ligament hernia
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