Primary malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in an incarcerated groin hernia: Report of a case

Mario Testini, Anna Scattone, Beatrice Di Venere, Germana Lissidini, Giuseppe Piccinni, Silvia Palmisano, Gabriella Serio

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Abstract

Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma arising from the inguinal hernia sac is rare. We report the case of a 71-year-old man examined in our emergency department for a bilateral inguinoscrotal hernia, which was recurrent in the right groin, and primary and incarcerated in the left groin. An emergency exploratory operation revealed a firm mass, 10cm in diameter, in the left inguinal hernia sac. The remaining peritoneal surface appeared macroscopically normal. Therefore, we resected the mass and performed a Rutkow hernioplasty. The patient was discharged after a short, uneventful recovery, and was referred to the oncology department for adjuvant therapy. He is now well and asymptomatic with no evidence of ascites, 26 months after his operation. A mesothelioma of the hernial sac peritoneum was the final histological diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-424
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery Today
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

Keywords

  • Emergency surgery
  • Groin hernia
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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