Small Bowel Obstruction by Broad Ligament Hernia: Three Case Reports, Management and Outcomes

Authors

  • Manuela Graça Fernandes Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7308-5031
  • Ana Rita Mateus Loureiro Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.
  • Maria João Diogo Obrist Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.
  • César Prudente Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.10951

Keywords:

Broad Ligament, Hernia, Intestinal Obstruction

Abstract

Internal hernias are a rare cause of bowel obstruction (1%) and can be caused by broad ligament defects in 4% to 7% of the cases. These defects may be congenital or acquired and are classified according to its anatomical location. This paper reports three cases of small bowel obstruction by broad ligament hernia. The patients, three women aged from 35 to 51 years old, were admitted to the emergency department with small bowel obstruction. An exploratory laparotomy was performed during which an internal hernia through a broad ligament defect was identified. In all cases the hernia content was reduced and the defect closed. One of the patients required a segmental enterectomy. All patients had a favorable outcome. This paper aims to raise awareness about the broad ligament hernia as a cause of bowel obstruction, namely in middle-aged women with no surgical history.

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Author Biographies

Manuela Graça Fernandes, Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.

Department of Surgery

Resident of General Surgery

Ana Rita Mateus Loureiro, Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.

Department of Surgery

Resident of General Surgery

Maria João Diogo Obrist, Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.

Department of Surgery

Graduate Assistant in General Surgery

César Prudente, Department of Surgery. Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu. Viseu.

Department of Surgery

Hospital Assistant in General Surgery

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Published

2019-03-29

How to Cite

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Fernandes MG, Loureiro ARM, Obrist MJD, Prudente C. Small Bowel Obstruction by Broad Ligament Hernia: Three Case Reports, Management and Outcomes. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2019 Mar. 29 [cited 2024 May 25];32(3):240-3. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/10951

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Case Report