A 75-year-old man was brought to our emergency department by ambulance with abdominal pain and nausea. Clinical examination revealed acute abdomen with massive distension owing to clinically irreducible left-sided indirect inguinal hernia (scrotal hernia). Sonography showed primarily unclear large collection of fluid extending from the upper abdomen to the left scrotal compartment. On abdominal computed tomography this was found to be massive gastric retention with displacement of the gastroduodenal junction into the hernia and constriction of the gastric antrum in the area of the hernial orifice. The patient’s symptoms were primarily relieved by insertion of gastric tube and drainage of 5 L of fluid. Because of the extent of the hernia, the patient underwent exploratory laparotomy, repositioning of the hernial contents, and preperitoneal mesh repair according to Wantz / Stoppa with 25 × 15 cm polyvinylidenefluoride (PVDF) mesh. After full recovery the patient was able to return home.
Prof. Dr. med. Karsten Junge, PD Dr. med. Jens Otto, Dr. med. Hasan Oral, Clinic for General, Visceral and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Rhein-Maas Klinikum, Würselen, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Translated from the original German by David Roseveare.
Cite this as: Junge K, Otto J, Oral H: A rare cause of gastric outlet stenosis — scrotal hernia. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2019; 116: 507. DOI: 10.3238 / arztebl.2019.0507b