Although blunt abdominal trauma is frequent, traumatic abdominal wall hernias (TAWH) are rare. We describe a large TAWH with associated intra-abdominal lesions that were caused by high-energy trauma. The diagnosis was missed by clinical examination but was subsequently revealed by a computed tomography (CT) scan. Repair consisted of an open anatomical reconstruction of the abdominal wall layers with reinforcement by an intraperitoneal composite mesh. The patient recovered well and the results of a post-operative CT scan are presented.

Abdominal hernia, Abdominal wall disruption, Blunt trauma, Mesh prosthesis, Primary closure
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10029-010-0668-x, hdl.handle.net/1765/24035
Surgery and Traumatology
Hernia: the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery
Department of Surgery

den Hartog, D, Tuinebreijer, W.E, Oprel, P.P, & Patka, P. (2011). Acute traumatic abdominal wall hernia. Hernia: the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery, 15(4), 443–445. doi:10.1007/s10029-010-0668-x