We reviewed clinical features of patients who we treated for obturator hernia. The subjects were 13 patients who underwent an operation for obturator hernia in our hospital between April 2002 and December 2012. The mean age was 78.5 years, and all patients were female. The mean body mass index was 16.8 kg/m2. The Howship-Romberg sign was present in only 3 patients. All patients were correctly diagnosed by preoperative pelvic computed tomography. All patients underwent operation. Operative procedures included the laparoscopic approach in 8 patients, the open approach in 3 patients and the inguinal approach in 2 patients. The hernia hilus was repaired with a simple closure in 5 patients, and with a mesh in 8 patients. The hernia contents were small intestine in all the patients. Three patients underwent partial resection of the small intestine because of necrosis of the intestine wall. Three patients had a recurrence of the obturator hernia. In our present series, the patients with obturator hernia were slender females at an advanced age. Plevic CT was useful for the diagnosis of obturator hernia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health