Small bowel obstruction due to an inguinal hernia

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete


Study requested for suspected bowel obstruction. Abdominal distention and pain.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

CT abdomen and pelvis.

Computed tomography shows dilated small bowel loops secondary to incarcerated left inguinal hernia. Note the transition point between the dilated and collapsed bowel loops at the left inguinal hernia.

Case Discussion

Intestinal obstruction due to an abdominal hernia is the second commonest cause of small bowel obstruction after adhesions. 

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Case information

rID: 32042
Published: 11th Nov 2014
Last edited: 23rd Nov 2015
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