Broad ligament hernia

Case contributed by Dr Hein Els


Right lower abdominal pain. Rule out appendicitis vs. ovarian cyst. White cell count elevated.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

Abnormal bowel gas pattern with dilated small bowel loops centrally in the abdomen and multiple short air fluid levels at erect imaging. Granular fecal material in the colon.


Long segment of abnormal dilatation of the small bowel with high grade caliber change in the left adnexum where there are two adjacent short segments of high grade narrowing of the distal ileum immediately inferior to the left Fallopian tube. The terminal ileum distal to this site is completely collapsed. 

No signs of perforation. The appendix is normal. 

Case Discussion

AXR findings consistent with incomplete small bowel obstruction. CT shows high grade small bowel obstruction, likely due to an internal hernia at the left broad ligament. An incarcerated distal ileum left broad ligament hernia was confirmed at surgery. 

With thanks to Drs. F. Melonas, J. Alves and D. Nothling.

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Case information

rID: 63260
Published: 22nd Sep 2018
Last edited: 14th Apr 2021
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included